- Google Maps
- Tiffani Shadell Lankford, a substitute teacher for Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, was fired Friday after video was captured showing her in an altercation with a student.
- The incident was recorded and shared via social media by other students in the room. One video appears to show Lankford, 32, repeatedly hitting the student before throwing her onto the ground and stomping on her head.
- In another video, the unnamed student can be seen taking a swipe at Lankford before the substitute teacher hit back.
- Lankford was fired Friday and arrested by Hays County Sheriff’s Office. She has been charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
A substitute teacher at a Texas high school was fired Friday after video captured her in an apparent altercation with a student.
The alleged incident was recorded and shared via social media by other students in the room at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas. In the video, the substitute teacher, who police identified as Tiffani Shadell Lankford, appears to be repeatedly hitting the student before throwing her onto the ground and stomping on her head.
In another video, the unnamed student appears to take a swipe at Lankford at the beginning of the altercation.
— AZ ???? (@ahhsuesena) November 8, 2019
Lankford was fired on Friday and arrested by Hays County Sheriff’s Office. KVUE reported that she has been charged with aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony.
“This afternoon, we fired one of our guest teachers for hitting and fighting with a student,” Principal Karen Zuniga wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD.”
The condition of the student is unclear, but KVUE reported that she was taken to the local hospital after being released to a parent. Lankford was transported to Hays County Jail, where she is currently being held.
Lankford was hired and attended a mandatory teacher orientation, which is required for all substitute teachers, at the end of August, KVUE reported. She worked her first job with the district on September 13, and Friday was her 18th job with the district.
“We are appalled at the actions of this former employee,” Tim Savoy, chief communication officer for Hays CISD, told KVUE. “There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that can justify what you see unfold on the video. It is unconscionable what this adult did to one of our students.”
- Read more:
- 10 of the biggest school controversies of the year
- A Florida teacher says she was fired because she refused to inflate students grades on missed assignments – but the school says otherwise
- 18 times students and parents said school dress codes went too far
- Teachers were told their student loan debt would be cancelled after 10 years of payments, but that didn’t happen. Now they’re suing Betsy DeVos.