A 16-year-old student at a Houston school faces criminal charges after he allegedly pushed an elderly teacher, knocking her to the ground.
The Nimitz High School student has not been named in the case because he is a minor. He is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall and 325 pounds -- twice the size of the teacher.
Videos posted to Instagram on May 15 show the boy pushing substitute teacher Beverly Round several times before the 66-year-old woman falls backward to the ground. Police are using several videos of the incident to build a case against the boy, who is charged with injury to the elderly.
The altercation reportedly took place after Round confiscated the student's phone. A statement from the Aldine ISD said the teen retrieved his phone after shoving the woman to the ground.
"We have a school policy that we can't use phones, we can't use phones during the day, so she was right to take his phone. For him to act that way, it isn't worth it," student Daija Owen told KPRC.
Round left the school wearing a neck brace and escorted by paramedics. She was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and told KHOU that she's doing fine. She did not wish to be interviewed on camera.
Her neighbors describe Round as a retired full-time teacher who refused to let health problems keep her out of the classroom.
"She's had two knee surgeries. It's hard for her to get around as it is. She's doing them a favor by coming in and teaching those kids," neighbor Yvette Nash told KHOU.
The boy turned himself in at the principal's office after the incident.