MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A teacher at Van E. Blanton elementary school who is accused of shooting a teen in North Miami has made his first court appearance.
Frantz Noel, 47, is facing a number of charges including attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, attempted burglary, tampering with evidence and discharge of a weapon in public.
He was held without bond.
The shooting happened Wednesday when Noel went to his home off Northwest 121st Street around lunchtime. He heard noise in the backyard and immediately reached for his gun. He then called a friend and asked him to come over.
Once his friend arrived Noel decided to take matters into his own hands and confronted the two kids who were hanging out in his neighbor’s yard, the home was vacant home and for sale.
According to police, Noel got angry and things escalated.
“He accused them of stealing his bicycle and that’s when the confrontation ensued. And then from there, he shot one of the children,” North Miami Beach Officer Natalie Buissereth explained.
A new police report said Noel admitted to the shooting but said he felt threatened and wanted to stand his ground because his bicycle had been stolen. But police said there was no evidence that his bicycle was stolen.
“It’s not a case of stand your ground,” said Buissereth. “He had many opportunities to contact police and unfortunately he chose to take matters into his own hands. If you hear something or see something that is suspicious, we ask that you don’t take matters into your own hands. Contact us. Contact the police. This is where the mistake was made. He should have contacted us.”
The 16-year-old, who was shot in the chest, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery.
A judge in bond court ordered Noel to stay away from the two teenagers and have no contact with them. Noel replied, “I don’t know them.”
He was also ordered to stay away from an adult: Alberto Dominguez who used to live in a now vacant home neat to Noel’s home on N.W. 12th Ave. and 121st St.
A spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade schools system told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench that Noel has been with the Miami-Dade school system for 19 years and has no history of problems. Miami-Dade Public Schools is now taking steps to terminate Noel.