LA MARQUE - The father of the 15-year-old girl charged in the classroom attack of a La Marque High School teacher, said the video showing the beating doesn’t tell the whole story.
“There’s no excuse for what she did,” Myron Lenor said Wednesday. “(But) the teacher had been provoking her all week.”
Lenor called to request The Daily News remove a video of the attack from the newspaper’s website because it shows his daughter. The newspaper, which confirmed the authenticity of the video with school district officials and the father, decided the video would not be removed because it is relevant to the story.
He said he would hire an attorney and seek legal action against The Daily News.
Lenor insisted that the video recorded by one of his daughter’s classmates Tuesday starts only after the teacher, whose name has not been released by authorities, had taken his daughter’s backpack without reason.
“My daughter said (the teacher) took her bag and didn’t tell her why,” Lenor said. “My daughter asked for it back and that teacher ignored her.”
Lenor’s daughter faces a third-degree felony charge of assault. Police initially said the teen faced a first-degree assault charge.
The student will also be punished according to the school district’s code of conduct, district officials said.
Lenor said his daughter was home after she was released to his custody after she was charged.
“That teacher, she just started at the school this (month) and all week was taunting (the teen),” Lenor said. “She kept talking about how she worked in Houston and knew how to handle tough kids who like to fight. That’s just unprofessional.”
He said his daughter was “real sorry she did it,” he said. “She told me she was already angry about some things when (the teacher) took her bag. She said she just blacked out.”
Lenor blamed district officials for allowing the conditions to exist that he claims make La Marque High School “dangerous.”
He said that his daughter told him she had reported problems with the teacher to the high school principal, but that no action was taken.
Superintendent Terri Watkins could not be reached Wednesday afternoon to respond to Lenor’s comments.
In the video of the attack, a girl is seen grabbing the teacher by the back of her shirt and throwing her down across a set of desks. The teacher gets up, opens the classroom door and tells students they are dismissed.
The teacher then walked behind her desk came face-to-face with the student, who knocked her down a second time and threw punches before another student stepped in to stop the attack.
“This is unacceptable,” Watkins said on Tuesday. “This is not tolerated.”
The attack on the teacher wasn’t the only incident at La Marque High School on Tuesday.
La Marque Police Sgt. Shawn Spruill said La Marque police were at the high school, 300 Vauthier St., at about 9 a.m. to investigate an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was accused of shoving a security officer when the classroom attack altercation occurred.
The 16-year-old faces an assault of a public servant charge as well, police said.
Reporters Christopher Smith Gonzalez and Shannon Daughtry contributed to this report.