Teacher allegedly attacked by student in classroom
(5/14/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) (KTRK) -- A local teacher is recovering after she says one of her students attacked her in a classroom. The incident happened at HISD's Worthing High School and the teacher's union is fuming about it.
It was a violent situation that a teacher says she tried to prevent and she's upset, wondering why a boy she tried to remove from class was allowed to return.
Teacher Vanesta Marshall doesn't remember much about the attack.
"I just remember maybe one or two, like when he first hit me the first or second time," she recalled. "But the students said he hit me like seven or eight times."
Marshall says she was beaten by a 15-year-old student. HISD says it happened Friday in her home economics class.
"(I was beaten) on the whole left side of my face," Marshall told Eyewitness News. "From (right above my eyebrow) all the way down to past my chin."
Marshall says prior to the attack she sent the boy to the office for disciplinary problems. HISD says after meeting with an assistant principal, the students slipped out of the office and went back to class. That's something the student should not have been allowed to do, says Gayle Fallon, the head of the Houston Federation of Teachers union.
"Whether they sent him back, or just failed to provide the supervision that kept him from wandering the halls and coming back, the administration still has a degree of liability in this one," Fallon asserted.
"We can't have that," Marshall said. "This is supposed to be a safe learning environment. We shouldn't feel threatened, we shouldn't feel scared. Teachers, staff, students... They shouldn't feel scared."
HISD says that boy was in the office, but the assistant principal was dealing with three other students and that's when the boy was able to slip away. Officials tell Eyewitness News the teen. has been arrested and removed from campus. He's charged with felony assault of a public servant.
Marshall has hired a lawyer and says she wonders why the boy wasn't removed from her class sooner.
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