FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Sunrise Middle School student who police say punched his teacher will remain on home detention but has been placed in a different school
The 12-year, who appeared at a court hearing with his mother and grandmother, is completing 21 days home detention which was imposed over the weekend after his arrest on an aggravated battery charge last Friday
During the hearing it was revealed that the boy is dealing with some anger issues. Because he suffers from a severe speech impediment he has been the subject of bullying.
According to the boy’s arrest report, he was returning to class bouncing a basketball and when one of his teachers, 62-year-old Ruthanne Stadnik, told him it needed to be put away during class, he became angry.
“As she was putting it away, the defendant came up from behind her and punched her with a closed fist in the left cheek/left eye area, then grabbed the basketball and ran off,” according to the report.
“I told him it would be there at the end of the day but it was too much for him,” she said. “I was seeing stars and my nose was bleeding but I had to keep control of myself for the sake of my students.”
Stadnik said the incident wasn’t the first time she’s been hurt by a student. Just recently, another student deliberately stomped on her foot. She also said other teachers have experienced violence.
Recently a 13-year-old student was arrested after they reportedly brought a book bag loaded with a handgun, knife and ammunition into the school’s cafeteria.