A massive student brutalized a teacher’s aide Tuesday in an unprovoked attack at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida, leaving the woman unconscious and severely injured. His apparent reason for jeopardizing the woman’s life: She had prevented him from playing video games in class.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, FCSO School Resource Deputies at the school were alerted to the brutal assault on a paraprofessional by a 6’6″, 270-pound student.
The student told deputies that he was upset that the victim had taken his Nintendo Switch away from him during class. WTLV-TV reported that the student also told officials that he would “beat her up” any time she tried to take his game.
The paraprofessional’s attempt to spare the 17-year-old from the mindless distraction and to help facilitate his education evidently proved unbearable for the student, who can be seen in surveillance footage barreling toward the victim and knocking her from her feet.
Motionless and unconscious after the initial unprovoked attack, the defenseless victim can be seen in the video suffering stomps, kicks, and a flurry of punches to the back of her head from the heavyset suspect.
The 270-pound student can be seen straddling the victim during the attack, delivering blows to her sides and back before others finally intervened:
Video shows Flagler County school employee attacked by student over Nintendo Switch
The FCSO indicated that the victim, hit at least 15 times, was taken to AdventHealth Palm Coast for treatment of her wounds, but not before her aggressor reportedly managed to spit on her body and threaten to come back and kill her.
Restrained by multiple school staff members, the student was taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. While deputies processed him after the grievous attack, the student reportedly kicked the deputy’s desk and computer. He was later handed off to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
He has been charged with felony aggravated battery with bodily harm.
“The actions of this student are absolutely horrendous and completely uncalled for,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement. “We hope the victim will be able to recover, both mentally and physically, from this incident. Thankfully, students and staff members came to the victim’s aid before the SRDs could arrive. Our schools should be a safe place – for both employees and students.”
Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt said, “Creating a safe learning and working environment on our campuses is critical. Violence is never an appropriate reaction.”
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