Parent Leads Brutal Attack on Teacher at Long Island School

by Dave Blount | April 17, 2015 12:51 pm

Catherine Engelhardt
Catherine Engelhardt: teacher down.

At this point teachers ought to be collecting combat pay:

Two people, an adult and a juvenile, have been arrested in connection with an assault on a teacher inside a Long Island middle school.

The alleged attack took place Wednesday at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead.

Police say 34-year-old Annika McKenzie assaulted the female teacher, identified as Catherine Engelhardt, with McKenzie’s attorney, Donald Rollock, claiming the teacher had “put her hands on” McKenzie’s 12-year-old daughter earlier in the day.

That accusation appears not to have merit, as it is “only coming from the lawyer at this point” and McKenzie has not filed a police report.

Authorities say the teacher was shoved against the wall, placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor, where she was kicked and punched by several students, including McKenzie’s 14-year-old niece. The teen was arrested, and both suspects are being charged with second-degree assault. McKenzie also faces a charge of strangulation.

Encouragingly, the teacher was soon released from the hospital, despite evidently having been rendered unconscious in the attack.

Engelhardt is now recovering at home, where she spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News.

“It’s not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen,” she said. “I’ve warned them time and again that the children have no respect for adults. Yes, I fear for my safety. They can’t control the kids.”

Parents who show up at school to lead physical assaults on the teachers are not likely to help matters. Imagine what the kids are told at home.

Annika McKenzie
Annika McKenzie sets an example for the kids.

On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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