Permian High School Students React after fight on campus

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

"Everybody talks about it all the time everyone knows who it is and what happened and everything," Aaron Vega, a Permian High School sophomore, said.

A 16-year-old facing an assault charge has become a hot subject at school after he was accused of hitting a teacher after she tried to break up a fight last week.

"I know when it happens all the time, the teachers try to break it up, and they get in the way, and they get hit at the wrong place at the wrong time," John Paul Mendez, a Permian High School sophomore, said.

"If they're trying to stop a fight, something is bound to happen," David Bustillos, a Permian High sophomore, said.

Others say it was a heated argument between two students that led to a fight.

"When the teacher tried to break it up, he just turned around and hit her, not thinking it was the teacher, not caring it was the teacher, he just hit her, and that's when everything broke out," Vega said.

The Permian High School student accused of hitting the teacher is suspended for now, and that punishment, some students say fits the alleged assault.

"I don't think it would be fair for them to be expelled," Bustillos said.

But it's a mixed reaction all around.

"It's just a fight, and the teacher got in the way it's not his fault," Mendez said.

"Honestly, I think he should get like expelled, because like that's wrong, whether it's intentional or not, he shouldn't be fighting for one and hitting a teacher is not good," Vega said.

The student who is accused of assault was detained at the Ector County Youth Center, and has been released and suspended.  The school district will later determine if he will be expelled.  As for the teacher, she's on administrative leave.