Boy, 8, accused of beating teacher unconscious
Posted at: 09/30/2013 8:05 PM
| Updated at: 09/30/2013 8:13 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A special education teacher at Mitchell Elementary School ended her day at a hospital. Police accuse one of her 8-year-old students of hitting her with his feet, fist, and backpack.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 chose not to identify the boy or his teacher.
The boy’s grandfather contacted 4 On Your Side early Monday morning after the alleged altercation occurred on Friday. He said the boy has behavioral health issues and needs to be in a different type of classroom.
“The classroom is so disruptive that none of the students are actually able to get any kind of an education,” Glenn Haynes said.
He said the classroom environment caused his grandson to act out.
Haynes said the boy transferred to Mitchell Elementary from a different school three weeks ago. He said it was just a matter of time until the boy ran into trouble.
“He should be in general education and I think with the help of a BMS – a behavioral management specialist – he did very well in general ed last year,” Haynes said.
He said the boy’s special ed classroom at Mitchell has six students, each of whom have behavioral health issues.
Albuquerque Public Schools cannot legally comment on the case. However, district communications personnel indicated that the situation is still under investigation.
According to an APS police report, the teacher was treated at Presbyterian Hospital and released.
“My grandson was very remorseful, he didn’t know that he had injured her so severely,” Haynes said.