A Texas teacher suffered a broken arm after middle school students chased and attacked him.
Michael Shott, physics teacher and assistant baseball coach at Langham Creek High School in Houston, was attacked after allegedly confronting four middle school students from nearby Aragon Middle School.
According to witnesses, the students were riding dirt bikes and ATVs on school grounds and Shott confronted them over the matter. KTRK spoke with Peggy Shott, the victim’s mother, who said, “The reason it happened to him was because he was doing his job. He stopped the kids.”
After Shott spoke with the students, they reportedly chased him down and attacked him. In cell phone video posted to social media, Shott can be seen fleeing and, at one point, is knocked to the ground.
While the four students in question have been taken into custody, the situation escalated and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) confirmed that public threats had been made against the school.
Alena Gonzales, a Langham Creek High School sophomore said after the students were arrested, “their older friends threatened to shoot up our school,” Fox 29 reported.
As a result, CFISD heightened security on Friday. Gonzales went on, “We couldn’t walk around unless we had an ID badge, they wouldn’t even let us in. I have athletics first period so I didn’t have it on, my teacher wouldn’t let me in unless I put it on.”
Students also were prohibited from leaving their classes.
“They had to make an announcement because people kept going out of classes themselves. They had to make an announcement that teachers were not allowed to let students out of the class without a slip to go home,” another sophomore, Logan Wisniewski told KTRK.
One parent promptly picked up his child from school after learning of the threats from his freshman daughter. Jason Lodes said, “She told me that there was a threat somebody was going to come shoot up the school. So I immediately went up and got her after first period.”
Mark Henry, Superintendent of CFISD, released a statement on campus safety following threats and concerns from parents. Calling the events “safety violations,” Henry said they were “extremely disappointing.”
“I want to reassure you,” Henry stated, “that we are taking these actions very seriously.”
Emphasizing the need that school campuses “must be the safest places in our community,” Henry touched on how that reflected both events on and off-campus. Accepting no compromises on matters of safety and promising to pursue recent “violations to the greatest extent possible,” he also made sure to remind the community that they should report concerning activities.
“We continue to encourage students, staff and community members to inform administrators, campus police officers or police dispatchers if they see or hear suspicious or illegal activity,” he stated before providing a link to the CFISD tipline and a direct number to CFISD Police Dispatch.
Shott was not at school on Friday but his mother assured the public that, “He’s doing fine. He’s at home.”
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