On Tuesday, a female paraprofessional at Matanzas High School in Jacksonville, Florida was beaten unconscious by a student who was angry because she confiscated the Nintendo Switch he was using during class.
Newly released surveillance footage captured the horrifying moment the student charged at the school employee and began assaulting her, continuing even after she was no longer conscious.
The 17-year-old assailant, described by law enforcement as a 6’6″, 270-pound Black teenage boy, is seen rushing toward the employee and throwing her to the ground. He then got over her and began brutally kicking and punching her at least 15 times in the back and head.
Several employees rushed to the aid of the woman who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
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Unfortunately, in the video, a couple of bystanders are seen not taking action. A couple of passersby watched the incident unfold without making any move to intervene to save the teacher from potentially serious injury or even death from the brutal beating.
When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, the assailant told them he was upset because she took his Nintendo Switch away from him during class, adding that he will “beat her up” any time she tries to take the game away again.
According to the arrest report, the teen spat at the teacher when he was being escorted away and “made comments that when he comes back he was going to kill her.”
Sheriff Rick Staly condemned the student’s violent attack, saying, “The actions of this student are absolutely horrendous and completely uncalled for. 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 (school resource deputies) could arrive.”
“Out schools should be a safe place – for both employees and students,” added Staly.
Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt released a statement saying, “Creating a safe learning and working environment on our campuses is critical. Violence is never an appropriate reaction.”
The 17-year-old was charged with felony aggravated battery with bodily harm.
JUST IN: 6’6” 270 pound black male student attacks a white teacher at Matanzas High School for taking away his Nintendo Switch during class…
Video reveals the unconscious woman being brutally assaulted and struck in the head roughly 15 times. pic.twitter.com/pZAJzhaykv
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