An 11-year-old boy from Texas was airlifted to the hospital after an alleged physical altercation with his teacher over a juice box. Last week, Kiana Randolph, mother of fifth-grade student Kamauri Williamson, received a phone call from the nurse at Post Elementary School in Houston telling her that her son was injured.
Randolph did not know the details of what happened and rushed to the school, where she discovered her son had a large gash above his eyebrow. The injury was considered serious enough that officials called for a medical helicopter to airlift the boy to the hospital, where he received six stitches to close the wound.
As her son was taken to the hospital, Randolph demanded answers from school officials and was livid when they told her what happened. She was informed that the injuries were caused by a teacher following an altercation over a juice box.
"They're supposed to be in a safe place while you're at work, and to get this type of reaction of a head being busted open, especially over a juice box," Randolph told KTRK. "Nobody deserves this, especially my son. I would never had thought that would have happened to my kid."
The school showed her surveillance footage, which only made her angrier. In the portions of the video she saw, the teacher picked her son up off the ground by his hoodie and then slammed his head into a counter inside the classroom.
The school district issued a statement saying the teacher had been placed on leave while officials investigate the matter.
"A Post Elementary School student had a medical emergency last Wednesday that precipitated the need for emergency treatment. The employee was placed on administrative leave, and the incident is currently under investigation," the statement read.
Randolph believes the teacher should be fired for his actions.
"[That teacher] needs to not be able to work with children again," Randolph said. "Just, not at all. That was just very, very upsetting to watch as a mother. It is very hurtful. No one's child should be treated like that in any manner."
The teacher has not been charged with a crime, but the family's lawyer believes he should face criminal charges.
"I have a lot of trust in the justice system, so I hope this guy is going to be prosecuted for doing something he shouldn't have," Adam Ramji, the family's attorney, told the news station. "More so, other teachers need to be aware that if you're around children, there are certain ways to manage it and definitely certain ways not to manage it."