A South Florida teacher was taken to hospital last week after she was assaulted by a 5-year-old student, leaving her “dizzy” and “unresponsive”, officials said Monday.
The unidentified instructor was found by first responders ‘sitting on the ground against the wall’ and ‘appearing to pass out’ at Pines Lakes Elementary School, about 15 miles southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale, according to heavily redacted Pembroke Pines police. Department incident report.
The victim was “clearly weak and dizzy”, able to “blink and breathe steadily but at no time was he able to respond vocally or show signs of responding”, the report said.
The disturbing incident began when a 5-year-old boy had to be removed from class for ‘throwing objects’ and ‘knocking over chairs’, police said.
The youngster was taken to an empty ‘cooling down’ room, where the attack on the teacher is believed to have taken place, police said.
The teacher was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and has since been released, officials said.
While the young suspect is still being investigated for a possible “aggravated assault with hands, fists and feet”, he is unlikely to face criminal charges, a spokesperson for the media said on Monday. the police to NBC News.
Prosecutors would struggle to show the 5-year-old had the ability to tell right from wrong, the police representative said.
The victim, in his late 30s or early 40s, is about 5 feet 4 inches tall with a slender build, Broward teachers’ union president Anna Fusco told NBC News on Monday.
She suffered a concussion and other injuries after the “enraged” special education student, between 50 and 60 pounds, unleashed on the teacher, according to the union leader.
The instructor was leading an “exceptional student education” class with a “group of kids with special needs or special disabilities, with all kinds of different diagnoses,” according to Fusco.
“The way he jumped on her and the way she fell backwards and hit her head, it was a severe concussion,” Fusco said.
“She has other bodily injuries that he jumped on her, attacked her, kicked, punched, bit her which is going to require surgery.”
Broward County Public Schools officials have referred all questions to police.
The district, however, shared a message Principal Susan Sasse sent to parents and staff, acknowledging that there had been “an incident at the school” that required “a member of staff to be transported to a local medical facility” on Wednesday.
“At all times during the incident, our campus was secured,” Sasse reported. “As always, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be my highest priority.”
The school has nearly 800 students, ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade.