Texas teacher fired and arrested after video showing she punched teen student then stomped on her head
Video of a Texas substitute teacher allegedly assaulting the pupil in from of the classmates becomes an evidence in the case of teacher’s dismissal and then arrest.
The footage of the incident was recorded on the cell phone, and it can be clearly seen the other students in the classroom at Lehman High School in Hays County stunningly watch the happening assault. Friday, 32-year-old Tiffany Shadell Lankford, the teacher who had taught classes less than for two months, approached the teenager sophomore during a language lesson and threw punches at her.
Then the situation becomes tougher when Lankford drags the girl to the floor and stomps on her head before walking out of the class.
The victim was taken to hospital for assessment. The school district reported her age as 16, while police stated the victim was 15 years old.
If I were the child’s parent I would ask for my 1 round with her!— Bruce Johnston (@bjdj45) November 9, 2019
The teacher is now arrested by Hays County Sheriff’s Office and charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault. She will be reported to the Texas Education Agency.
"I saw the video, and I started crying because it's my teammate," Samara Valdez, who plays basketball with the victim said.
As well as a police investigation, the incident prompted a heartfelt letter to parents by the school's principal, Karen Zuniga.
The letter read:
"As a family, we share both the good news and bad news together. Today, I have to tell you about an incident that is disconcerting.
"This afternoon, we fired one of our guest teachers for hitting and fighting with a student. Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD.
"Additionally, the former employee was arrested by the Hays County Sheriff's Office and faces potential criminal charges. Her actions will also be reported to the Texas Education Agency.
"We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students, the letter posted on the school's Facebook page added.