A Texas substitute teacher was fired and arrested after video footage showed she brutally beat and stomped a student.
The teacher is 32-year-old Tiffani Shadell Lankford and she can be seen beating the snot out of the student and then “stomping” her after she fell on the ground. The incident occurred at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas.
The incident garnered so much outrage, that Governor Abbott actually tweeted about it, stating conduct like that (from the teacher) would not be tolerated.
Conduct like this won't be tolerated in Texas classrooms.
The substitute teacher who committed this heinous act has been arrested & will face serious legal consequences.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 9, 2019
What sparked the violence?
Another video (from a different angle) reportedly shows the (15 or 16-year-old) student trying to hit the teacher first before she retaliated with a savage beatdown.
The student’s parents took the child to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
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Lehman Principal Karen Zuniga released a statement decrying the behavior of their teacher. “Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD,” said Zuniga. “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,” she added.
You can watch the video below:
— Sylvi Hawkins (@sylvihawkins) November 8, 2019
A Hays CISD substitute teacher was arrested Friday after a video showing her allegedly fighting with a student surfaced online.
The video shows Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, approaching the 16-year-old sophomore girl and then punching the student in the face. The substitute then continues hitting the student as others look on in shock.
In an email to parents on Friday, Lehman High School Principal Karen Zuniga wrote:
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.”
In a second statement on Friday night, the district said that during the incident, classmates of the girl alerted other adults on campus and the substitute was immediately removed from the classroom and questioned by school resource officer law enforcement agents.
“Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD,” said Lehman Principal Karen Zuniga. “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.” In addition to firing the substitute teacher, the district will also report the incident to the Texas Education Agency and cooperate with law enforcement investigators.
According to Hays CISD, Lankford had worked for the district since Aug. 30, when she underwent orientation training. The district says her first job in the classroom was on Sept. 13 and worked in a classroom a total of 18 times.
On Friday night, the HCSO confirmed that Lankford was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. She is awaiting magistration in the morning.
Students recall the news of what happened spreading quickly around the school.
“I saw the video, and I started crying because it’s my teammate,” said Samara Valdez, who plays basketball with the victim.
HCSO says the victim’s father took her to a hospital for evaluation. HCSO says this is an ongoing case. [KXAN]
The child who was beaten was special needs.
A former substitute teacher is facing charges after cell phone video emerged apparently showing her repeatedly punching a 16-year-old student with special needs at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, outside Austin. Investigators said the video appears to show a student strike Tiffani Lankford, 32, in the face. Lankford then fights back, repeatedly punching the student, throwing her to the ground and stomping on her head.
The student, who suffers from epilepsy, was taken to the emergency room after the incident and her family’s attorney told CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver she was treated for severe injuries. The Hays County sheriff’s office has not said what led to the attack, but the family’s attorney has said they want to ensure it never happens again. [CBS]
What we know about the substitute teacher who attacked student in classroom:
– Tiffani Lankford bonded out of jail
– Has a previous domestic violence charge out of Maryland
– Attorney for the student launched an investigation of the teacher and @HaysCISDhttps://t.co/lUd2BUPyMW pic.twitter.com/3VmnC27QMX
— Bryce Newberry (@Bryce_Newberry) November 10, 2019
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