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Texas Substitute Teacher Fired and Arrested for Alleged Student Assault



The incident, which unfolded in a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, was filmed by other students in cellphone clips that later circulated online. These footage show that the substitute teacher repeatedly punches the sophomore girl in the face before throwing her on the ground and tapping her head.

Students alerted school staff and the teacher was promptly removed from the classroom, Hays Independent School District reports.

Sheriff's deputies responded, and after interviewing students and watching several videos, the teacher, identified as 32-year-old Tiffany Shadel Lankford, was arrested.

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Lankford was immediately fired, the school district said, adding that he was cooperating with the investigation.

"Under no circumstances is conduct tolerable in Lehman High School or the Hays CISD," said district director Karen Zuniga in a school statement. "We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We have acted swiftly when this incident happened and will do everything we can to protect our students."

Lankford had worked for the Hays CISD since late August, the district said, and had worked in the classroom 17 times before the incident. The district noted that all substitute teachers are required to undergo a criminal background check.

"There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that can justify what you see in the video," said Tim Savoy, spokesman for Hays CISD. "There is no doubt what this adult did to one of our students."

The student was taken to the hospital by her father, the sheriff's office reported.


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