Video shows Nimitz High School student shoving elderly teacher to the ground


by Shern-Min Chow / KHOU 11 News & staff

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 10:15 PM

HOUSTON – A 16-year-old boy has been charged with injury to the elderly after cell phone video captured him shoving a substitute teacher at Nimitz High School.

The cell phone video shows the teacher approaching the student twice, and the student pushing against the teacher each time, before he forcefully shoves the woman to the ground.

Aldine Independent School District officials said the incident occurred in a classroom after the substitute teacher confiscated the student’s cell phone.

“She took his phone because he was in class texting,” said senior Calvin Bennet Rainwater. “ We’re not supposed to have our phones out. He pushed her like three times.

Senior Daija Owen saw the video too.

“You can see her walking past to try get away from it,” said Owen. “He pushed her twice. The last time she’s on the ground you see her kind of hit her head going down. It wasn’t good a thing to see.”

The situation is hard to ignore. Kids were glued to their phones watching the videos.

“You can see it on Instagram, Facebook,” said Owen. “It’s everywhere.”

Parents watching the video had strong reactions.

“This is a big kid who knows right from wrong,” said Delon Sa La. “I’m sorry.”

Sa Las worries about troubled kids and troubled parents.

“It’s always not my kid, not my kid, but it is your kid,” said Sa Las.

Aldine ISD released the following statement:

"Aldine Independent School District police on Thursday filed a criminal charge of injury to an elderly person against a 16-year-old male student. The charge stems from an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon at Nimitz High School when a substitute teacher confiscated the student's cell phone. The student is accused of physically shoving the substitute teacher to the ground and then retrieving his cell phone. Other students witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to school officials, who then summoned an ambulance and the campus-based police officer. The substitute teacher, who is a retired Aldine teacher, was treated at a local hospital and then released."

The student was arrested and charged with injury to the elderly.