HOUSTON (CNN/KHOU) — A Texas teacher says she’s fine after getting shoved by a student.
The 66-year-old ended up on the ground during the confrontation, which revolved around a cellphone.
The teenager is in trouble, and local residents are shocked by the incident.
The student-teacher confrontation at Nimitz High lasts for less than a minute and ends with the veteran teacher — who was substituting — laid out on the floor.
Beverly Round is back home and on the mend after being treated for minor injuries.
“I’m all right, thank you,” said Round.
She says she’s now just trying to move forward.
Round’s neighbors are now seeing the video for the first time.
“Oh, no, he did not push her down! And they’re just standing there laughing at it,” said one neighbor.
“It pisses me off,” said another neighbor.
They say Round is a strong woman who refused to let health problems keep her out of the classroom.
“She’s had two knee surgeries. It’s hard for her to get around as it is,” said another neighbor. “She’s doing them a favor by coming in and teaching those kids.”
Aldine Independent School District officials say Round confiscated a cell phone from the 16-year-old boy seen on the footage pushing her, before knocking her to the floor to get the phone back.
“To literally — no other word for it — attack her,” said another neighbor.
“I would like to think that our communities are little more civilized than that,” said another neighbor.
Fellow students believe what was done to her is simply ruthless.
“You can see her walking past to try get away from it,” said a student. “He pushed her twice. The last time, she’s on the ground. You see her kind of hit her head going down. Most people laugh. I didn’t find it funny.”
Parents say they’re also disappointed in the other kids in the class, who appear to be laughing.
“And they’re cheering him on really?” said a parent. “There’s no reason for you to put your hands on anybody, let alone on a little old lady who’s 66. I just have no words for that right there.”
Officials say the teenager who pushed the teacher was arrested by campus police. He’s been charged with injury to the elderly.