A substitute teacher has been fired and arrested after footage of her beating a student emerged online. Witnesses say the student pushed the teacher first, and called her racial slurs.

The incident took place at Lehman High School in Hays County in Texas. 

The video that was uploaded to social network shows Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, beating on a female student.

According to a few of the students who posted the video and students who witnessed the incident, the student punched the teacher first and allegedly called her the N word.

The teacher then approached the student, threw punches, dragged her to the floor and stomped her out.

The video below allegedly shows how it all started, (starts near the end):

According to some of the witnesses Lankford requested the students phone, the teacher was also called the “N” word before the incident happened.

The original reports only showed the video without what led up to the situation so others chimed in with the whole footage:

The school district reported her age as 16, while police stated the victim was 15 years old.

Lankford was charged with aggravated assault.

Lankford only taught at the school 18 times starting on August 30th and her first substitute job ever was on September 13th, according to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD).

Police are investigating the incident.

The school’s principal Karen Zuniga released a statement saying:

“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, the letter posted on the school’s Facebook page added.

The posting garnered a lot of reaction, with one parent commenting: “That entire classroom was shaken up, I hope there are counselors on hand Monday.”


Updated: February 4, 2020 — 9:49 am

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