Flagler County, FL – A student at Matanzas High School has been charged with aggravated battery after video showed him attacking a teacher’s aide and knocking her out (video below).
The incident occurred at the Flagler County high school on Feb. 21 after a teacher’s aide took away the student’s Nintendo Switch when he was caught playing with it during class, FOX News reported.
Surveillance video showed the student, who is six-feet, six inches tall and weighs about 270 pounds, ran out of the classroom behind the teacher’s aide and viciously attacked her.
The video showed the school employee heard the boy coming up behind her and turned around to face him.
She held up her hands to protect herself as the large boy slammed into her, knocking her to the ground.
The teacher’s aide didn’t move again after she hit the ground and appeared to have been rendered unconscious, the video showed.
The video showed the student kicked the teacher on the ground and then bent down and began punching her repeatedly around the back and the kidneys.
Another teacher ran up and tried to intervene, but quickly backed off when her efforts accomplished nothing.
Surveillance video showed other school employees running up the hallway to help rescue the downed teacher’s aide as the student moved up her body, straddling her, and began repeatedly punching the unconscious woman in the head.
The video showed it took multiple employees and students to pull the enraged student off the teacher’s back, and then he began kicking her from behind.
The teacher’s aide remained on her face and unmoving as other employees tried to pull out her of the reach of her attacker.
She was eventually able to get up and went to the hospital for evaluation, FOX News reported.
The teacher’s aide suffered broken ribs and significant bruising from the attack but officials have not released details on the full extent of the educator’s injuries.
“I believe she will be out of work for at least several weeks, if she even plans on returning,” the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The 17-year-old student who attacked her was arrested at the scene, according to FOX News.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said the teacher could have been killed in the violent attack.
“This could have been a homicide,” Sheriff Staly said. “When you push people down like that, they hit their head, you never know the outcome.”
Bodycam video showed that as he was being arrested, the teen who attacked the teacher’s aide said “f-k you” to one of the deputies, FOX News reported.
“I don’t want to go to jail,” the suspect added.
But the arrest report also said the teen told officers that he “will beat her up every time she takes away his game,” FOX News reported.
“The actions of this student are absolutely horrendous and completely uncalled for,” Sheriff Staly said. “We hope the victim will be able to recover, both mentally and physically, from this incident. Thankfully, students and staff members came to the victim’s aid before the SRDs could arrive. Our schools should be a safe place – for both employees and students.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:
High School Student eliminates his female teacher and Ground and Pounds her unconscious body after she took away his Nintendo Switch… pic.twitter.com/QbjpxZS3xP
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