A Houston high school student has been arrested on a charge of injury to the elderly after allegedly pushing a substitute teacher to the floor and retrieving his cell phone.
The sub had confiscated the 16-year-old's cell phone, which prompted the altercation. Texting or any cell phone use in class is apparently against the rules at Nimitz High School. The student is said to be about 6 feet and more than 300 pounds and towered over the retired teacher who had returned to the classroom as a substitute. Fortunately she was not seriously injured.
The student in question apparently turned himself in at the principal's office and was promptly arrested by an on-campus police officer.
The cell phone video of the cell-phone-related classroom incident during science class in which the teacher appears to be shoved three times has since gone viral on social media.
The incident happened on Thursday during believe it or not "teacher appreciation week."
School district authorities issued a statement about the violent classroom incident:
"Aldine Independent School District police on Thursday filed a criminal charge of injury to an elderly person against a 16-year-old male student. The charge stems from an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Nimitz High School when a substitute teacher confiscated the student's cell phone. The student is accused of physically shoving the substitute teacher to the ground and then retrieving his cell phone. Other students witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to school officials, who then summoned an ambulance and the campus-based police officer. The substitute teacher, who is a retired Aldine teacher, was treated at a local hospital and then released."
The Aldine Independent School District was in the news for another reason recently when a female middle school teacher gave a 15-year-old male student a birthday lap dance.
Sadly, teacher-student violence is not a complete anomaly, with students usually but not always the aggressor. For example, about a year ago, a 15-year-old girl and her math teacher in a Stockton, Calif., high school got into an all-out brawl captured on cell phone video after the teacher confiscated the teen's cosmetics and phone.