Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 9th, 2019
On Friday, November 8th, 2019 according to Hays County Sheriff’s Office, a former substitute teacher now faces assault charge(s) after she allegedly beat a student at a Texas high school.
Reportedly, the incident unfolded in a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, and was captured by other students in cell phone videos and later circulated online.
Subsequently, footage shows the substitute teacher repeatedly punching the sophomore girl in the face before throwing her to the ground and stomping on her head.
Reportedly, Hays Consolidated Independent School District said, students alerted school officials and the teacher was immediately removed from the classroom.
Apparently, Sheriff’s deputies responded, and thereafter interviewed students and reviewed several videos. As a result 32-year-old Tiffani Shadell Lankford, identified as teacher and was arrested.
According the sheriff’s office, Lankford is facing charge(s) of aggravated assault. Sources close to the case said, she was booked in the Hays County Jail and appeared in court on Saturday morning November 9th, 2019. She was read her charges and bond was set at $10,000, according to Hays County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Traeger.
Personally, after reviewing videos of Tiffani Shadell Lankford’s outrageous attack on the sophomore girl at the Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, I am fully convinced that Lankford herself seems to be suffering from some type of mental ill health. No one in their right mind would have exhibited such disgraceful behavior.
Lankford’s violent outburst was captured on cell phone video shows her beating the female student into the floor and then stomping on her head. Nonetheless, Tiffani Lankford, is now free on bond. The amount of the bond was not given.
Reportedly, students has posted another video that appears to show Lankford holding the student down when the teen swung her arm at Lankford’s face, just before she was attacked by the substitute teacher.
Accordingly, Karen Zuniga the Principal of Lehman High a released statement stated, “We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.”
Official with the district continued to say, “Under no circumstances is will such behavior be tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD. We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.”
Sources said, Lankford was fired immediately and the school district added they were cooperating with the investigation.
However, the district added, Lankford had previously had worked for Hays CISD starting in late August, approximately17 times in classrooms before this incident. The district noted that all substitute teachers are required to pass a criminal background check.
Moreover, Tim Savoy, a spokesman for Hays CISD had this to say, “There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that can justify what you see unfold on the video. It is unconscionable what this adult did to one of our students.”