MOUNT VERNON — An aide at Mount Vernon High School told law enforcement the student who allegedly assaulted her on Friday has hurt others before.
“[Name redacted] has physically hurt myself and others, numerous times,” the victim stated in her report. “She has gotten worse everyday!”
According to information from the report, the student became frustrated after a second student wanted to talk to the aide.
“She got louder and louder and screamed [hush],” the victim said. “I asked her not to scream and she pushed a desk.”
At this point, the aide asked the substitute teacher and another aide to remove the remaining students while she called to the office for help.
According to a statement from John Frye, dean of students, three adults tried to get the student to calm down, to keep from hurting anyone or destroying property. When the victim asked the student why she was so angry, the student responded by calling her a derogatory term and “and struck [the victim] in the right temple with a closed fist. [The victim] went down and appeared to be unconscious.”
A second aide in the room described the alleged incident by stating the student “balled her fist and hit her in the face.”
Frye, assistant principal Sam Shuman and a member of school security worked to keep the student and the victim separated. In the process, the student kicked Shuman and spit on him during his efforts to protect the victim. Attempts to keep the student from throwing items or knocking over desks were unsuccessful.
Mount Vernon Fire Department responded with an EMS unit and transferred the victim to Knox Community Hospital where she was treated and released. She told the News on Monday she was recovering.
The student’s parent also responded to the school. When approached for comment by the News, the parents declined to comment.
Steve Short, superintendent of Mount Vernon City Schools said this morning he could not comment on student disciplinary actions but said the district follows board policy and state regulations in such incidents.
“We do our best to make sure our kids, and our staff, are safe at all times,” Short said.
Knox County Assistant Prosecutor Chip McConville told the News this morning he had just received the report and had not had the opportunity to review it to determine if charges would be filed in juvenile court.
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