Teacher Left ‘Battered’ By 5-Year-Old Student After Classroom Attack

A Florida teacher reportedly left Pine Lakes Elementary School on a stretcher after they were attacked by a 5-year-old student, the Miami Herald reports. The teacher was “allegedly battered” at the school in Pembroke Pines and had to be taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

  1. Thankfully, the teacher’s injuries weren’t said to be life-threatening. Once at the hospital, the teacher was said to have been taken to an area of the facility that dealt with injuries not believed to require urgent treatment. It’s unclear what treatment was needed.
  2. The attack from the child was scary and unprecedented. According to a police report cited by WSVN, an officer from Pembroke Pines PD arrived at the school to find the teacher “sitting on the ground against the wall, on the northside of the room, appearing to be in a faint state.” The report went on to state that the 5-year-old used his fists and feet to hit the teacher just after he was placed in the “cool down” room for throwing objects at the teachers and flipping chairs in the classroom with another 4-year-old.
  3. The teacher called for further support. WSVN went on to say that other faculty members were called to the room to restore order. When they arrived, they heard the teacher being attacked by the child. The teacher then “advised on the school radio that she needed support.”
  4. The incident is being treated as an “active criminal investigation.” While there have been no arrests and “no weapon or object was involved in the battery,” police are continuing to investigate the situation. The victim was “conscious and cooperating with police” after the incident. The force has said that any criminal charges are unlikely given the young ages of the students involved.
  5. A parent of one of the other students in the class couldn’t believe what happened. “We’re talking about an elementary classroom, a 4- and a 5-year-old, that’s nuts,” the parent, who chose not to be named, told WSVN. “Because you continuously get this from one student, one, two students, it’s an issue.”
  6. Pine Lakes Elementary School principal Susan Sasse made a phone call to parents on Wednesday. “[There was] an incident that occurred in school today requiring a staff member to be transported to a local medical facility,” Sasse said on the call. “At all times during the incident, our campus was secured. As always, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff continue to be my highest priority.”
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