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In the aftermath of the release of a video that shows a brutal attack on a teacher’s aide, one woman said law enforcement is mischaracterizing what took place.
The aide had confiscated the student’s Nintendo Switch game console, allegedly prompting the 270-pound, 6-foot-6-inch, special-needs student to attack.
The incident took place at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida, according to a Facebook post from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
The student has been charged with felony aggravated battery with bodily harm. The aide, who initially was knocked unconscious, was hospitalized but has since been released. No names have been released.
Sue Urban of Florida has publicly taken issue with the sheriff’s office. Urban told the Daily Mail her son, Nicholas, had attended the school where the incident happened, and said he later took his own life. She said she knows from experience that the teen should not be treated as a run-of-the-mill criminal.
“This is not this child’s fault. He is not a threat. This is a mental health issue. This is a problem with our system, it is broken,” she said in a Facebook Live video, according to the Daily Mail.
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