Caught on video: Texas teacher brutally beating special needs student


  • A substitute teacher was arrested Friday for brutally attacking a 15-year-old high school student with special needs.
  • Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, was seen in a viral video punching the female student and stomping on her head in a classroom at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas.
  • Lankford was immediately fired but is now free on a $10,000 bond after her arrest.

A substitute teacher from Texas has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault Friday afternoon after brutally attacking a 15-year-old female high school student with special needs.

Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, is now free on a $10,000 bond. She could be facing two to 20 years in prison if convicted of the second-degree felony.

Last week’s incident was caught on video in a foreign-language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas.

Paul Batrice, an attorney for the student’s family said the incident started when the students in the class were being loud. The situation escalated after Lankford cursed at them. The girl told Lankford not to talk to her that way, Batrice added.

According to Batrice, the victim had spent the weekend in a dark room with a brain injury. The victim, who also suffered acute post-traumatic anxiety, will also need to consult a neurologist and trauma doctor.

“This is unacceptable, to say the least, and we will demand justice to the fullest extent of the law to enact the change so obviously necessary,” the lawyer said.

The shocking footage shows the student appears to strike Lankford in the face before the teacher is seen holding the girl down in her seat, hits the student at least three times before throwing her to the floor.

Lankford continued beating the girl and then see stomping on the student’s head before yelling at her and walking away.

Other students who witnessed the beating appeared in shock as the incident took place.

“Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD,” said Lehman Principal Karen Zuniga.

In addition to firing Lankford, the district reported the incident to the Texas Education Agency.


Source: Daily Mail Online

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