Official: Teacher stabbed in Lawrenceville school bathroom

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A teacher's assistant at a Lawrenceville school for special-needs students was hospitalized Friday after a student attacked her with a knife, officials said.

The paraprofessional, who was not immediately identified, received cuts to her forehead and hands and was transported to an area hospital.

The attack happened about 11:15 a.m. Friday in a bathroom at the Hooper Renwick School, which serves students with psychological behavior problems, said Gwinnett Public Schools spokesperson Jorge Quintana.

Quintana said the unidentified student is "middle-school aged." She was arrested by school police on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and disruption of a public school.

Officials believe the student had brought the knife from home. What prompted the attack was unknown Friday.

"From what I understand, this is a student that an employee has to be working one-on-one with at all times," Quintana said.

The injured employee had been hired by the district about a month prior, he said.

School resource officers were continuing an investigation Friday afternoon.


NewsReader 3 years, 5 months ago

Where does this child fit into the NCLB?


cannot_believe_it 3 years, 5 months ago

This is a direct result of the recent ruling that learning disabled students cannot be restrained when discipline is needed. Our legal system has gotten in the way of our education system...something called a "basket hold" was used for LD children in order to manage behaviors...when this is not allowed, these children won't learn discipline. Just another example of people sticking their nose into things they have absolutely no idea about! The lawyers and general public that don't know what they are doing should have left well enough alone...


BuzzG 3 years, 5 months ago

'"this is a student that an employee has to be working one-on-one with at all times,' Quintana said." It's time to be honest. This is not a school. It is a tax supported asylum disguised as a school so that people will feel good about supporting it.


Gundoctor1 3 years, 5 months ago

Good call Buzz! Pretty bad when a teacher needs a "vest" to teach school. She may be a para pro, but still Alvin, want to bet this is going to cost GCPS a good chunk of change. Maybe combat pay for these folks!


ssilover1 3 years, 5 months ago

This is a perfect example of fed gov run amuck. Fed law demands that this student have public ed in the least restrictive environment. Thank you to all who work at H-R to serve the most challenging and most difficult to serve. And to those of you who want to always point the finger at GCPS, look in the mirror at yourselves. Who voted for the people in congress who made the law? And if you didn't vote, look at yourself twice.


cannot_believe_it 3 years, 5 months ago

Recently, rules were handed down that prevent teachers of severely learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students from physically restraining them (techniques such as a "basket hold"). If this student had been taught that radical behavior resulted in restraining techniques being applied perhaps, just perhaps, she wouldn't have thought to attack an adult at the school. ssilover1 is right: this is an example of government making rules about things they have ZERO knowledge about....why not let the people "on the front lines" ie: teachers and site administrators make the call on these things. Trouble is, there are WAAAAAY too many lawyers in this world that want to sue someone over the disciplining of a kid...my opinion is, if people don't like the way a school disciplines their kids, they can take their kid elsewhere. We need discipline in our schools...and not just at the ones with emotional/behavioral disorders...ALL of them!


notblind 3 years, 5 months ago

This kid is the parents responsibility. IMO the public school systems should not be responsible for educating kids with severe behavioral problems.


Sthrnldy 3 years, 5 months ago

Do we know if Dawntrae Williams, the (deceased) 15 year old that threatened his therapist, family and police with a machete, attended this "school"?

The government mandates that GCPS and other public schools "educate" these types of children in this capacity. I agree, taxpayer funded schools like this should not exist. If so, their should be heavy parental involvement and parents should be responible for funding this "special education".

My sympathies to the victim. No teacher should have to endure this type of crime.


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