On Thursday, a group of ninth-graders at a high school in Texas formed a mob and brutally assaulted an assistant principal, beating her so badly that she had to be rushed to the hospital and suffered serious head injuries.

In an incident caught on camera, an assistant principal at Westfield High School jumped in to break up a physical fight that was happening in the hallway of the school. When she stepped in, the students turned on her and began to attack her instead.

The assault was so violent that it reportedly triggered a seizure.

According to an anonymous teacher at the high school, “Three or four other kids jumped in on [the assistant principal]. Just pummeled her to the ground, and they started kicking her and pulling her hair. She loves those kids. She is the nicest person, and she’s the best administrator that we have at Westfield High School.”

“It broke my heart,” the teacher said. “It makes me want to cry.”

The assistant principal has not been publicly named, but her family has reported that, due to the injuries she sustained, she was left unable to speak and is suffering from severe head pain.

The woman’s father reported that the family is not sure how long she will have to stay in the hospital.

The Spring Independent School District released a statement after the attack that seemed to downplay the violent attack and the serious impact it had on the assistant principal:

“This morning, an altercation occurred between multiple students at Westfield High School 9th Grade Center, resulting in a precautionary hold. School administrators and police officers were able to intervene and stop the fighting quickly, and identify students involved for discipline. As a result of the incident, a staff member was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. All students involved in the altercation will be subject to the full extent of disciplinary action available. We take these issues very seriously as the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. There will be no tolerance for any altercations or disruptions to learning.”

While the school district insisted that they take the safety of their students and staff seriously, the teacher who spoke out about the incident said that the entire high school campus only has two police officers and that the environment within her school is not safe at all.

“When you call for help to the front office, nobody ever shows up,” she said. “We don’t feel safe. Faculty don’t feel safe… if the parents knew how unsafe the inside of the school is, they would be upset.”

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