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via 7 Online:
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.

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Annika McKenzie, 34, attacked Catherine Engelhardt because she believed the teacher had ‘put her hands’ on her daughter. She has been charged with second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation.

“As any loving parent, if someone puts their hand on your child, you’re going to react,” he said.

Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association President Elias Mestizo said Engelhardt is a veteran math teacher.

Mestizo said there was a security breach, with McKenzie walking into the building without being cleared by security. She reportedly went to the classroom and waited outside in the hallway for the teacher. As Engelhadt returned, there was a conversation about an “incident earlier in the day,” and the teacher called for security.

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.

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The teen is being charged as a juvenile, and her case will be handled in family court.

A picture showed the teacher appearing to be unconscious on the ground. Another staff member came to help, and the victim was taken to Winthrop University Hospital.

“Yesterday, we saw what we don’t want to see anywhere in any school,” Mestizo said. “Many teachers throughout the district and in this school also do not feel safe in the building, and there are reasons for that. And action needs to be taken immediately.”

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.”

Hempstead Superintendent Susan Johnson told Mestizo that the district acted swiftly in regards to the incident, but he says she stopped short of agreeing to a wider investigation.

Hempstead Village Police Chief Michael McGowan said McKenzie had not filed a police report claiming the teacher attacked her daughter earlier in the day, so at this point, that is not something their investigating. The claim is only coming from the lawyer at this point.





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  • igloonorth

    I have no doubt the teacher did NOT “attack” the student. She probably reported some misbehavior of the student, or the student may not be doing well in class, and the student was afraid her mother would get angry with her. She made up a story about the teacher putting her “hands” on her to get out of trouble and knew her mother would go ballistic. If the teacher did touch the student it was probably to keep her from leaving the room without permission, something like that. At any rate, going in and beating up at teacher is insane ghetto behavior. On another website there were actually people defending the mother and they all sounded illiterate.

  • DEBRA

    I agree with you it starts at home your actions in the household spills over in the world so be careful how you act even at home the kids will act just like you find out what is going on first then take it from there but these badass kids must learn how to act I remember when I was in school I was rough also my mother didn’t play that she knew when I was lying and being disrespectful so now I have kids and I didn’t play either now grandkids have emerge and WE DON’T PLAY THAT

  • Mixed Chick

    I agree, I was slapped on the leg in school I didn’t deserve it, but my mother didn’t go ape & I didn’t misbehave at school after that either! Discipline begins at home, if my teacher threatened to call my parents the fear of God would overtake my body! “Wait till your dad gets home!” or the look was all it took!

  • BleedingEyes

    These are refreshing in some sense because they are not blaming the teacher, but disturbing to at the thought of being OK that another person put their hands on you, or your children. Don’t get me wrong I beleive that chidren need discipline especially now a days, if not more. But if my child needs it, be sure I will be the one determining the punishment, not some teacher who is frustrated at some of her (probably) 90 other students and is deciding to take anger of all out on mine.(not that, that is what happened here).
    I strongly feel as another comment or the student was most likely in trouble with this teacher and concocted this story! What I find equally disturbing is others joined in, in the beating and only ONE teacher arrived to help even though she called security? And who took pictures instead of helping? This world has become sad and depressing when we value other things over life.

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