The 15-year-old Michigan high school student accused of launching a metal chair at her unsuspecting teacher’s head was arrested and faces felony charges following the “unacceptable act of violence.”
The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office charged the unnamed junior at Southwestern Classical Academy with two counts of felony assault for throwing the chair and injuring her teacher, according to ABC 12.
In the now-viral video recorded on Thursday, two female students were involved in a heated argument where they shouted obscenities at one another from across the classroom.
The teacher, who attempted to restore order between the students, had her back turned when one of the girls picked up the metal chair and hurled it in the educator’s direction.
The chair struck the teacher in the head causing her to drop to the floor, where she remained still for seven seconds.
The school’s resource officer was called to break up the fight and found the teacher lying on the ground with head injuries, Flint Police Chief Terence Green told the outlet.
Both girls involved in the fight were arrested.
The unnamed educator was quickly rushed to the hospital to treat her head injury and is “doing well,” according to a statement from District Superintendent Kevelin Jones.
She has since been released from the hospital and expressed plans to return to the classroom.
The superintendent shared that the student who threw the chair will be held accountable according to the law and the district’s code of conduct.
“We are committed to ensuring that our schools are safe and conducive to learning for all scholars, and we take this responsibility very seriously,” Jones wrote.
The letter states that the district is investigating the violent incident.
Southwestern Classical Academy is less than two miles south of downtown Flint.
The viral video — which has amassed over 21 million views on X, formerly known as Twitter — has sparked outrage among local leaders, who pointed out that the assault amplifies Michigan’s poor school system.
“This video perfectly captures the sad state of Education in Michigan – no sense of order or direction, no respect for teachers, and worst of all, NO LEARNING,” said Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who is planning to run as a Republican in the upcoming Senate race.
“Failure to educate young Michiganders is a recipe for increased CRIME, upticks in UNEMPLOYMENT, and SOCIETAL DISORDER. Michiganders deserve better.”
The video even garnered a reaction from comedian Rob Schneider.
“This is what happens with WOKE tolerance… Enough,” Schneider wrote, reposting the clip to his 1.6 million followers.