MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A Miami elementary school teacher is under arrest Friday night for allegedly attacking a student during class.
According to our news partners at the Miami Herald , 25-year-old Frederick Mena from Silver Bluff Elementary faces charges of aggravated child abuse inflicting great bodily harm.
They report Mena deeply dug his nails into a girl’s hand and leg during class.
Miami Dade Schools Police arrested him soon after the alleged incident on March 5th.
The paper reports Mena wrote a letter admitting to the attack while he was quizzing the girl with flash cards.
In the letter, he said in part, “For some reason, I had an urge for wanting to see her cry.” In the letter he also said he thought it might “toughen” her up while also satisfying “an ugly pleasure” of his.
Mena is expected to face a judge on Saturday.
This is not the first time the school has had issues .
In 2012, the mother of an alleged sex abuse victim filed suit against the Miami-Dade school system claiming administrators failed to protect her daughter from a sexual predator: The girl’s Physical Education teacher.
According to the suit filed against the school system, the principal at the school, Maria Mason, was aware that the physical education teacher had been inviting girls to change into and out of their gym clothes in his office. There were campus rumors of other inappropriate behavior.
Principal Mason, asked to be transferred to another school and was. As of 2012, she was the principal at Silver Bluff elementary school.
In 2011, a 10-year old boy’s disappearance led to a wide-scale search after he walked away from Silver Bluff Elementary School. He was later found but the issues called into question the school’s security procedures.
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