Student could face ten years behind bars for TikTok Challenge involving punching a disabled teacher

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Student could face ten years for TikTok Challenge

COVINGTON, LA – An 18-year-old high school student is facing felony charges for punching a teacher, not just any teacher, but one that is disabled.  The police believe the attack was due to a TikTok Challenge. 

Most people have heard of TikTok Challenges, wherein someone does something for laughs or otherwise, and then many, many other people do the same thing. 

Most of the challenges are not harmful, but there are some that are, like the Tide Pod Challenge. 

Recently, someone thought it was a good idea to do a TikTok challenge of attacking school staff and/or destroying school property. 

Covington Police responded to the High School in early October to a complaint of a disabled elderly teacher being attacked.  When they arrived on the scene, they made contact with school staff who accused Larrianna Jackson of punching the teacher.

As Covington Police conducted their investigation, they learned that the attack may have been a part of a recent TikTok challenge. 

Police allege that Jackson was sitting in a classroom speaking to the disabled teacher (who was in a wheelchair) just before the dismissal bell.  When the bell rang, Jackson allegedly punched the teacher, causing physical injury.

The teacher had to be transported to the hospital to treat the injuries she received from the alleged physical altercation. 

Covington Police were able to view a video of the alleged altercation which showed, according to them, Jackson not only punching the teacher and knocking her to the ground but also repeatedly striking her with a closed fist while on the ground. 

Covington Police released a statement regarding the incident:

“The Covington Police Department would like to remind everyone that anyone who participates in such a challenge will be booked accordingly. In this post we also attached the video that has been circulating around the internet. This matter is still under investigation and more arrests for forthcoming.”

 

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At this time, there has been no further information made public regarding any additional arrests.  However, that could change immediately when the Covington Police Department can identify anyone else who participated in any way with the plan to attack the teacher.

Whether anyone actively participated in the beating of the teacher or not is not relevant when it comes to charging someone criminally in some cases. 

For instance, whoever was holding the cellphone to record the beating, unless they can prove that person did not know what was going to happen, faces criminal culpability as well.

Jackson was arrested for the incident on October 6th and charged her initially only with battery on a school teacher.  If convicted of this charge, Jackson would face 15 days in jail up to six months.  However, the District Attorney had other plans after he viewed the video.

St Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery made the decision, after reviewing all facts of the case, to charge Jackson with felony second-degree battery and cruelty to the infirmed.  If convicted on these charges, Jackson could face up to ten years in prison over the stunt.

After learning of the incident, TikTok issued a statement on Twitter regarding the attack.

“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.”

In a booking photo, as seen on Cleveland19 news, Jackson was all smiles after her arrest on October 6th before she would have known about the elevated charges.  It is doubtful that she is smiling now as the young adult faces serious charges and will be arraigned on them in December. 

Philadelphia teacher under investigation after student fashions gun in shop class made from wood

PHILADELPHIA, PA- Guns don’t kill people…people kill people. That is, unless it’s a gun made out of wood in shop class. Then all hell breaks loose. 

According to CBS 3 Philly, the local school district is investigating after a parent complained that his child was allowed to make a wooden gun. That’s correct…a piece of wood cut in the shape of a gun that was then colored in to make it look like…a wooden gun.

 

The parent, Chariez Scott told CBS 3 that he wants answers and accountability for the shop teacher.

“He was coloring it in getting ready to put all the shapes on it. All the patterns on here. And there’s a little clip on the bottom,” he said while holding the “gun” in his hands.

It does not appear that the “clip” is capable of holding bullets.

Scott said his son, 14, was playing around with the replica gun with his brother. His complaint is that he doesn’t let his boys play with these types of “toys.”

“If he had colored this in like he wanted to, you would’ve never knew what it was. You would’ve said he had a pistol in his hand,” Scott said. “And this is what he made in shop in class.”

This of course does beg the question of what could have happened had he in fact been seen in public with the facsimile, especially in the city of Philadelphia where homicides are through the roof in 2021.

This does seem to indicate a lack of self-awareness by the shop teacher, although it would not seem to indicate any type of severe disciplinary action is necessary.

The school district acknowledged to CBS 3 that a complaint was made against a teacher at Austin Meehan Middle School for allegedly allowing a student to make a wooden replica weapon in class.

The school district has a specific policy that says “any weapons, including simulated, replica, toy or look-alikes are prohibited from school property.”

Scott was livid over the incident, and blamed the teacher for not having the sense to not permit his son to fashion such a device.

“He’s an adult, he has a strong responsibility over those children. Do the same thing for him. Hold him accountable for what he did,” he said.

Philadelphia teacher under investigation after student fashions gun in shop class made from wood
Wooden facsimile gun-YouTube screenshot

Other parents also spoke to CBS 3 and expressed concerns over the incident, especially in light of a lockdown last week after a shooting near a school. The latest one was just a few blocks away outside Lincoln High School.

In that incident, a 65-year-old grandfather was killed by a stray bullet, after dropping off a Sweet-16 dress for his granddaughter. A 16-year-old teen was shot in the head as well and was hospitalized in critical condition.

“A teacher let him do it in school. It’s not right, it’s not right, it’s not right,” one parent told CBS 3.  

Another parent said, “That’s definitely bad. Why would a teacher help make a gun? It’s stupid.”

Scott was asked what his biggest fear was if his son’s wooden gun had been painted in a more realistic manner, to which he replied:

“That he would’ve been killed.”

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

Student could face ten years behind bars for TikTok Challenge involving punching a disabled teacher
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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

Student could face ten years behind bars for TikTok Challenge involving punching a disabled teacher
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

Student could face ten years behind bars for TikTok Challenge involving punching a disabled teacher
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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

Student could face ten years behind bars for TikTok Challenge involving punching a disabled teacher
We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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