The relationship between students and teachers can be incredibly powerful. Sometimes, it is positive and life-changing; other times, it is negative and perhaps toxic. In cases of the latter, these relationships can do more than destroy a person’s classroom experience. They can also ruin a person’s reputation and leave a stain on his or her criminal record.
For instance, in recent weeks, there have been multiple news stories about assaults involving students and teachers. These cases represent the tensions that can be present and the consequences when those tensions erupt.
Teacher assault on student
In one widely reported case, video shows a teacher dragging a young child by his wrists. The child’s mother says her son suffers from multiple disorders, including autism, and has limited speech. While there may be more to the story than what is available in the reports (the teacher pleaded not guilty), the fact that video evidence of the exists is incredibly damaging for the teacher.
The alleged incident left the student with sprained wrists and the teacher facing criminal charges. The teacher was also fired.
Student assault on teacher
In another altercation between a student and a teacher, reports say that a student assaulted a teacher after the teacher took the student’s cellphone away. The student got angry and allegedly threw a doorstop and key at the teacher; the student also reportedly “slammed the teacher over a chair.”
That student is now facing criminal assault charges. The teacher was placed on administrative leave.
Taking assault seriously
As illustrated by the cases above, both parties in a teacher-student altercation can face repercussions of assault. And both parties have the right to protect themselves and seek a just resolution.
Whether you are a teacher, a student or a student’s parent, it is imperative that you understand your rights and legal options in the aftermath of an assault. There could be a lot at stake in these cases, so speaking to an attorney can be wise.