An 18-year-old schoolgirl attacked a disabled teacher after following a suspected TikTok trend.
The disturbing footage of a Louisiana high school student named Larrianna Jackson shows her hitting the 64-year-old teacher a number of times before punching her out of her wheelchair.
Authorities believe the attack may be connected to a new TikTok challenge, but the social media giant has denied the claims.
Jackson was taken into custody on Wednesday and was slapped with a felony with battery charge for the unprovoked attack.
The video shows the woman sitting in her wheelchair when Jackson violently punches her about four times.
Police in Covington made a statement that detailed the situation as follows:
“In the video, you can see the schoolteacher sitting at her desk where she appears to be talking to Larrianna Jackson. After a moment, Jackson punches the teacher, causing the teacher to fall to the ground. As the teacher fell to the ground, Jackson continues to violently closed fist-punch the teacher. The video then turns off at this point.”
St. Tammany Schools Superintendent Frank Jabbia said watching the footage had a devastating effect on him.
“For this teacher to be having a conversation with a student and then to be assaulted in this manner was very disturbing,” he said, adding that the school has disciplined everyone involved.
TikTok has denied the accusations and made a social media post saying:
“The rumored ‘slap a teacher’ dare is an insult to educators everywhere. And while this is not a trend on TikTok, if at any point it shows up, content will be removed.”
— Scott (@scott180142) October 8, 2021
The unnamed teacher who was attacked was released from the hospital, but it remains unclear whether she will be returning to work.
“She is hurting,” Jabbia said.
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