A Texas substitute was fired and arrested after videos surfaced of her assaulting a teenage girl in a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas.
32-year-old Tiffani Lankford faces charges of second-degree felony aggravated assault after allegedly assaulting the unnamed student.
According to a student who didn’t want to be identified, Lankford became very aggravated before getting into a verbal altercation with the victim.
“The student said, ‘shut up’ back. She said, ‘No, you shut up,’ and the teacher got in the student’s face and put her hand on her chest and her other hand on her arm,” the 10th grader said. “The student swung because she was in her face and pressing her. The teacher put down her glasses – she swung like three times, pulled her to the ground, and stomped on her head.”
The substitute was arrested immediately, and the student was taken to a local hospital for evaluations by her father.
The principal of the school released a statement after the incident. “Under no circumstances is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD,” Principal Karen Zuniga said in the school district’s statement. “We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.”
“There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that can justify what you see unfold on the video,” Tim Savoy, a spokesman for Hays CISD, said. “It is unconscionable what this adult did to one of our students.”