(KMOV) – A student is facing felony charges after a violent attack on a local high school teaching assistant left them severely injured.
Florissant police say three students were accused of attacking a teaching assistant at Northview High School on October 28.
According to the charging documents, the employee was escorting a juvenile student out of the class for misbehavior when two other students followed them. Moments later, all three students reportedly began punching the teaching assistant.
Northview High School is one of five schools operated by the Special School District. Students have various disabilities such as emotional or intellectual disturbance, autism or physical disabilities.
The Florissant Police Department said two of the three students who attacked that school employee are juveniles. Court documents say the assault was so severe; the employee suffered a sprained elbow, arm and hip after enduring too many punches to the chest.
Corey Lynch, 17, of St. Louis was charged with felony assault for his alleged involvement in the attack of the teaching assistant.
Special School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Assessment Dr. Paul Bauer said the school is a safe environment for the students and staff.
When asked if she felt concerned after three students were accused of attacking a student, Dr. Bauer said “Well, I'll speak in general terms. It concerns me, anytime I hear about any kind of inappropriate behavior from our students."
The District said staff received special training and that students can be punished with suspension or expulsion.
It is unclear why three students allegedly attacked the teaching assistant.
Lynch is being held on $20,000 bond.