HOUSTON -- A 66-year-old veteran teacher who was substituting is on the mend after being knocked to the ground by a student twice her size.
Beverly Round was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after a 16-year-old boy pushed her down in the classroom at Nimitz High School on Thursday.
Aldine ISD school officials say the boy was upset that the substitute confiscated his cell phone in class. She was walking back to the desk with the boy’s cell phone when he stopped her.
The student apparently grabbed his phone back after he’s seen on video shoving Round repeatedly and then giving her one final push to the floor.
“I’m alright. Thank you,” said Beverly Round on Friday.
Round told KHOU she wasn’t interested in talking about the incident further and is trying to move forward.
Her neighbors say she is a strong woman that has not let some health problems keep her out of the classroom.
“She’s had two knee surgeries. It’s hard for her to get around as it is. She’s doing them a favor by coming in and teaching those kids,” said neighbor Yvette Nash.
Several students recorded the confrontation on cell phones and posted it on social media.
It didn’t take long for the video to go viral.
Parents say they’re also disappointed by the other kids in the classroom heard laughing on the video and cheering their peer on.
“These kids are a whole different generation from when I grew up,” said parent Kelli Arthur. “There’s no reason for you to put your hands on anyone, let alone a little old lady who’s 66.”
The boy reportedly went to the principal’s office to turn himself in after the incident was reported to campus police. He’s now charged with causing injury to an elderly person.
He’s not being named because he is charged as a juvenile.
It’s unclear if he’ll be allowed back at school.