A Covington High School student has been arrested and others may face disciplinary actions after an apparent Tik-Tok challenge gone wrong.
A wheelchair-bound 64-year-old teacher was injured in an attack after the bell rang, and the superintendent says he is appalled.
The student, Larrianna Jackson, grabbed the teacher by the hair and beat her to the ground in an unprovoked attack.
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She is now facing charges of battery after punching her differently-abled teacher in class, Ms Jackson may face one to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000(over £3000) if convicted of the charge of battery, authorities said.
Spokesperson for the Covington Police Department Sergeant Edwin Masters said to The Straits Times that the teacher had been treated for her injuries and released from the hospital. He also said that while the police had seized the phones of some students who had recorded the video, at least one video had been uploaded on Facebook and Instagram.
Officers were able to collect evidence at the scene in the form of a video. The Covington Police Department broke down what the video contains below:
The schoolteacher is seen sitting at her desk where she appears to be talking to Larrianna Jackson
The student is seen punching the teacher
The teacher falls to the ground
The attack continues as the teacher falls and then the video turns off
The Covington Police Department wants to let everyone know that taking part in a Tik-Tok Challenge that involves hitting a teacher will land you in jail. The investigation remains ongoing and more arrests are possible in this case.
“There’s just talk among students and faculty that it may be related to the TikTok challenge,” said the sergeant master.
School authorities, however, said that there is no evidence yet to prove that the attack was inspired by the TikTok challenge.
“The school system is taking the appropriate disciplinary action against all students involved. We don’t have any evidence from our investigation that this incident is related to the TikTok challenge, but any acts of violence, including participation in illegal social media trends, will not be tolerated in our school system,” Frank Jabbia, the superintendent of St Tammany Parish Public Schools told The Straits Times.
On Wednesday, TikTok denied in a statement that any such trend had been trending on its platform and promised to remove such content, reported Bloomberg.
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