Boy claims teacher punched and knocked him out
Beaumont, TX — A Texas 7th grader claims his teacher punched him in the face and knocked him unconscious for seemingly no reason. The boy's mom says he is a good student and the allegations are shocking, but her son has a swollen lip to prove he was hit, Adam Wright spoke to the child and his mother.
12 year-old Reginald Wells says something happened at school Friday that still blows his mind, "The last person's voice I heard was some girl saying that I should call my mom, and then he like hit me, and I blacked out"
Reginald, a 7th grade student at Willie Ray Smith Middle School, says Friday afternoon he stopped in the hallway to chat with an assistant teacher from his math class.
He says he cracked a joke about the teachers favorite football team, then, "All of a sudden he just hit me, in my shoulder, and I looked at him like what the heck?"
Reginald, 4'11" and weighing 80 pounds, says he then pushed the teacher's shoulder.
That's when he claims the teacher blindsided him with a punch to the face that knocked him out. He says he woke up a few seconds later, "My head was hurt, like it had been shaken"
Reginald's mother Adrianne says she was briefed by the principal about what happened based on what another teacher said he saw, "He said Reginald was punched, in the shoulder, and then hit two times and uppercut, and then slid across the floor. It weighed heavy on my heart because I've never put my hands on my son."
Adrianne says the teacher was escorted off the premises and fired, but before that, Reginald says the teacher said something to him, "He said I can't apologize for what I did, I was just having a bad day and I just snapped."
Adrianne says she cannot believe the teacher was not arrested, "For you to just to let a teacher do that to him and just walk off. He's fired and walks off, I can't accept that."
Adrianne filed a report with BISD police and wants to press charges, but says no one with the school district has contacted her since Friday, "I'm just not understanding. I know there's a lot going on with B-I-S-D, but first priority is to protect the kids."
Several messages were left with BISD Police Chief Clydell Duncan, but he has not returned any of the phone calls.