Odessa, TX (KMID/KPEJ) – An eighth grader has been arrested after a viral video showed a student and a teacher fighting at a Texas middle school.
The video appears to show a student attacking a teacher at Bowie Middle School in Odessa over a phone argument.
A spokesperson for the Hector County Independent School District said the incident happened on Wednesday.
After the fights, the eighth-grader was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony: aggravated assault on a public official.
“This is appalling and horrific and will not be tolerated,” said district spokesman Mike Adkins. “We have recently faced fights and violence and want our community to know that this behavior is unacceptable and we will do everything we can to stop it.”
In addition to the criminal charges against the student, Adkins said the student “will face disciplinary action under the student code of conduct.”
“We are seeing an increase in violence against children here, across the state and across the country; we know that our children are suffering and we ask that we address mental health issues, while holding them accountable for their actions. Our district will continue to work with students and families working together to address these issues,” he said.
The school district superintendent recognizes students in the district Need help Coping with mental health issues.
“We don’t have enough mental health resources to meet the needs of children and families in this community,” Superintendent Scott Murray said. “We have introduced teletherapy and our children now have access to remote therapists. These therapists exist elsewhere in our state. Now, this is an opportunity for ECIDD, but even with this opportunity, there are still not enough resources for children and family.