— Sylvi Hawkins (@sylvihawkins) November 8, 2019
KYLE, Texas — The attorney of a student allegedly attacked by a substitute teacher at Lehman High School in Kyle released a statement on Saturday, saying the family is “shocked and disgusted” by the incident.
“We are shocked and disgusted after seeing the abuse and excessive force used in this teacher’s attempt to discipline a special needs child,” said attorney Paul Batrice on behalf of the student’s family. “There is no excuse for this type of behavior. Given this teacher’s alleged criminal history of domestic violence and the video footage that has shaken our community, we have started an investigation into this teacher and Hays CISD in the hopes of ensuring justice for this family and so that no Texas student ever endures such extreme behavior again.”
The attorney and the student’s father say that she has a 504 Education Plan with the district (special needs) and suffers from seizures.
Batrice said the student is being treated for severe injuries after the attack, with family and loved ones close by.
“All parents, myself included, should be deeply disturbed by the facts surrounding this attack,” said Batrice. “When we drop our children off at school, we expect that teachers and administrators will keep them safe, not place them in a violent environment. This is unacceptable to say the least, and we demand justice to the fullest extent of the law in order to enact the change so obviously necessary.”