High school student breaks teacher’s leg after attack in Rockdale County classroom

A Rockdale County high school student faces criminal charges after attacking a teacher in a classroom.

Tyisha Fernandes on Channel 2 While at Heritage High School on Friday, a 9th grader was caught on camera getting into an argument with a teacher and attacking her.

Channel 2 learned that an unidentified teacher is recovering from a broken leg.

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Fernandez showed a video of the attack to parents at Heritage High School.

“Oh my god, hit her. Okay, that girl is in jail,” replied one parent.

A student said the girl was sent to a juvenile detention center after the incident. Officials at the Rockdale County School District said the student was suspended but would face criminal charges.

The video shows the teenager getting into the teacher’s face before putting his hand on it.

Another parent says there is no reason for things to go this far.

“All the other kids should have gotten up and done something,” she said. “I mean, why let them treat teachers like that?”

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Channel 2 spoke with a student who saw the entire incident. It does not identify students.

“It wasn’t scary. It was shocking,” he said. “She is a very good teacher, but the way she speaks is aggressive. The way she speaks to children is not the proper way to speak to children.”

“The problem, I think, is that the teachers aren’t taking classes on how to treat children,” his mother said. She “must learn de-escalation techniques to help those children instead of making the situation worse.”

School administrators say they are still investigating the attack, but say violence against faculty and staff will not be tolerated.

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