A Miami teacher was recently hospitalised after a five-year-old student beat her up. According to reports, the little boy and another child were throwing a tantrum when she decided to take him to the school’s “cool-down room”. Once they got there, his tantrum continued and he started punching and hitting the teacher who was found unresponsive by a police officer who was called to the school to assist.
On Wednesday 2 March at Pines Lakes Elementary in Pembroke Pines, about 35km north of Miami, a young teacher found herself in a critical condition after she was beaten unresponsive by a five-year-old pupil.
According to a report by News.com.au, two boys aged five and four were throwing things around their classroom and flipping chairs when their teacher decided to take the five-year-old boy to the school “cool down room” to try and diffuse the situation.
Once in the cool down room, the boy started punching and kicking the teacher until she passed out and was found unconscious by another teacher who called for assistance.
The officer who responded to the call describes finding the teacher out of breath, faint, heaving and unable to talk.
“She then began coughing and dry heaving, so I, therefore, laid her on her side and held her head up straight to maintain an open airflow and prevent possible choking.”
She was then rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Parents share their thoughts
The incident has sent shockwaves through the community with many parents voicing their concern over the lack of proper support at the special needs school. One parent even said that this is not the first time an incident like this has occurred at the school.
“I feel like there needs to be the proper support,” they said.
“This is a special needs class, however, they’re not equipped to deal with things like this. Somebody needs to be held accountable, the parents need to be held accountable, the district needs to be held accountable, they dropped the ball.
“There needs to be somebody held accountable for what happened to that teacher. It’s concerning. I feel like it had to get to this point for people to come out and for people to do what they have to do.”
Meanwhile, Pembroke Pines Police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell said that it is highly unlikely that the five-year-old will be facing charges since he is “under the age of reasoning”.