A Missouri high school student is facing criminal charges after a distressing viral video showed her wrestling and repeatedly punching her 65-year-old teacher, leaving her hospitalized.
One clip seen more than 1.3 million times on X by Friday shows the St. Louis educator on the ground desperately trying to protect herself from the student standing over her and pummeling her in the head.
The Normandy High School student continues to punch and slap the teacher even when she rolls on top of her, clenching the educator between her legs as other students gasp and shock at the hallway brawl.
The two continue to wrestle on the ground before some students try to pull the girl off the teacher, who rises to her feet just to fall back on the ground.
A male teacher intervenes, yelling “Stop! Stop!” as another student leads the girl away screaming.
A second clip shows the girl on her back in the hallway with her wrists restrained, seemingly convulsing with someone trying to make sure she doesn’t choke.
Students say the brawl started when the teacher confronted the girl for going to her locker to get medication, which was to help with seizures, according to Trending Politics co-owner Collin Rugg, one of those to share the footage. “Our school system is a mess,” he said.
However, the teacher’s partner, Greg Stanton, told KSDK that when he visited her in the hospital she had no idea why she’d been attacked.
“She’s banged up pretty bad,” he said of his partner, who was not identified but is still recovering from her injuries.
“She really couldn’t talk. She [doesn’t] understand why” she was attacked, he said. “She was crying.”
It is unclear if the student was also hospitalized following the apparent seizure.
St. Louis police confirmed to KSDK that they will seek criminal charges against the unidentified teenager in juvenile court.
Normandy Schools told The Post on Friday that it is “addressing” the incident.
“The administration is taking this matter seriously, and is fully cooperating with local law enforcement,” it said in a statement.
“Additionally, we have launched an internal investigation to gather all the necessary facts surrounding the incident, and appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings of these investigations.
“The safety and well-being of our students and staff are of the utmost importance to Normandy Schools Collective, and our primary focus is to provide a safe and nurturing space for students to learn and for teachers to educate,” it added.