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Local teacher hospitalized after being attacked by 5-year-old

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A Fort Lauderdale area teacher was reportedly hospitalized after she was attacked by a 5-year-old special needs student.

The incident occurred at Pines Lakes Elementary School last week.

Authorities say they arrived to the school to find the teacher sitting against a wall clearly weak and dazed,” able to “blink and breathe regularly but at no point was able to vocally respond or show signs of a response,” police said.

The incident was said to have began while the teacher was conducting  an “exceptional student education” class with a “group of children with some type of special needs or special disability, with all kinds of different diagnoses,” according to Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco.

At some point, one of the students became “enraged” and began throwing things around and flipping chairs.  The 50 to 60 pound student was then removed from the classroom and taken to an empty “cool down” room.

While in the empty room, the student was said to have attacked the teacher:

“The way he pounced on her and the way she fell backwards and smacked her head, it was a severe concussion,” Fusco said.

After the teacher hit her head, the student continued attacking her which caused even more injuries. “She’s got some other bodily injuries from him jumping on her, attacking her, kicking, punching, biting that’s going to lead to surgery.”

The teacher was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where she was treated for a concussion and other injuries.

Prosecutors say that the child is being investigated for “aggravated assault with hands, fist and feet,” however, it’s unlikely that any charges will stick because it will be difficult to prove that a 5-year-old had the ability distinguish right from wrong.

Broward County schools say that they are aware of the situation and that they are working with police.