Video shows Hays CISD substitute teacher Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, approaching the 15-year-old sophomore girl and then punching the student in the face. On Friday night, the HCSO confirmed that the substitute was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
In an email to parents on Friday, Lehman High School Principal Karen Zuniga wrote:
As a family, we share both the good news and bad news together. Today, I have to tell you about an incident that is disconcerting.
This afternoon, we fired one of our guest teachers for hitting and fighting with a student. Under no circumstance is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD. Additionally, the former employee was arrested by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and faces potential criminal charges. Her actions will also be reported to the Texas Education Agency.
We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.”