PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Pembroke Pines police say a 5-year-old boy likely won’t face charges after he allegedly attacked a teacher at Pines Lakes Elementary School.
Pembroke Pines police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell said Monday that charges against the child aren’t likely because he’s “under the age of reasoning.” However, she said the incident is still under investigation and “things can change.”
Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco told Local 10 News Monday that the incident involved ESE children with disabilities.
The incident was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the school at 10300 Johnson St.
According to a police report, the student used fists and feet to hit his teacher Wednesday in the “Cool Down” room after he and a 4-year-old started to throw things around and flip chairs.
An officer responded to the classroom and found the teacher sitting on the ground against the wall. She said she was feeling “faint,” “weak” and dazed” before she started coughing and dry heaving, according to the report.
Fire Rescue personnel used a stretcher to take the teacher out of the classroom and took her to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
The Office of Communications of Broward County Public Schools released a statement on Monday saying,
“The safety of our teachers, staff and students are always the District’s highest priorities. There was an incident at Pines Lakes Elementary School on Wednesday, March 2, that resulted in a teacher being transported to a local hospital. The situation was investigated by Pembroke Pines Police and handled in accordance with District protocols. Due to privacy laws, the District is not able to provide any additional information and defers to Pembroke Pines Police.”
Further details surrounding the alleged attack on the teacher have not been released, nor has the age or identity of the teacher.
Conwell confirmed Monday that the teacher is back home after being released from the hospital.
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