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5 Year Old Who Beat Teacher, Sent Her To Hospital Won’t Be Charged

Pembroke Pines, FL – A five year old who attacked a Florida teacher so brutally last week that she had to be carried from the classroom on a stretcher will not face any criminal charges.

The incident occurred on March 3 in a classroom at Pines Lakes Elementary School after a four-year-old student and a five-year-old student began acting out, WTVJ reported.

The children were throwing things around the classroom and at their teachers.

Then they began flipping over chairs, according to WTVJ.

One of the teachers took the five year old out of the classroom and into a smaller “cool down” room, and that was when the child attacked her.

The police report said the teacher got on the school radio and called for help, WTVJ reported.

When the responding officer arrived, he found the teacher sitting against the wall “appearing to be in a faint state,” according to the police report.

The officer wrote in the report that the teacher was “clearly weak and dazed” and needed assistance to stand up, WTVJ reported.

The teacher began hacking and dry-heaving and the officer requested EMS.

The police report said the injured teacher “continued to blink and breathe regularly but at no point was able to vocally respond or show signs of a response,” according to WTVJ.

EMS ultimately took the instructor from the classroom on a stretcher and transported her to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment.

The police report said the officer referred the matter to the child protective investigations section for further handling, WTVJ reported.

Police initially said the child could face charges of aggravated assault with hands, fists, and feet, WPLG reported.

Florida does not have a minimum age for children to be prosecuted, but no states which do have a minimum age don’t allow children under the age of 6 to be charged.

But officials said on Monday that the five year old who attacked the teacher would not face any criminal charges in connection with the incident, WTVJ reported.

The teacher who was attacked has not been identified, nor have any additional details of her medical status been released.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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