Student accused of attacking Kearns High teacher has special needs, district says

Nov 29, 2023, 7:14 PM | Updated: 7:18 pm

KEARNS — The Granite School district is now investigating what it calls an “egregious” attack on a teacher in the classroom. That teacher is said to be recovering, as is an Assistant Principal and a resource officer who assisted the teacher.

The district revealed Wednesday that student has special needs.

Police told KSL TV Tuesday the 14-year-old student had the teacher in a chokehold. They say the incident happened after the student was late for class and an argument with the teacher ensued. She attempted to have him leave the classroom.

That’s when District Spokesperson Ben Horsley said the alleged attack happened.

“This wasn’t something that kind of slowly escalated, it was like something snapped,” he said.

Horsley says in addition to their special needs, the student also has what he called some “mitigating factors.”

“The student is at risk for a variety of reasons which I’m not able to disclose,” he said.

A woman claiming to be a family member of the student also reached out KSL TV and did not want to speak publicly. She believes that this student acted out because of trauma they’ve experienced and his special needs.

Horsley says the district will need to determine how that factored into the alleged attack.

“We have to actually investigate the matter and determine whether the disability manifested itself as part of the behavior problem. So did the disability potentially cause the behavior issue?”

The student is now suspended from school. Granite school district doesn’t expel students. A committee will now decide if they move him to another school. He’s also facing possible criminal charges.

“So, if the students convicted that obviously, based on the evidence, those all those factors will play into what action we take administratively,” Horsley said.

The incident also highlighted the need for school safety.

Granite District has two Unified Police resources officers at Kearns High.

Horsley says he wants more so they can help “be in the right place at the right time.”

“Is that enough? I’m going to say no, I’m going to say, but we don’t have the financial resources to provide additional assistance and support,” he said.

Horsley says he’s hoping the legislature will provide some money for that.

“I think that’s a statewide and nationwide problem, given the nature of the types of behaviors that we’re seeing, really, since the pandemic, a lot of those issues are outsized and particularly violent.

Meanwhile, Horsley hopes the teacher can get back to the classroom quickly.

“She makes an incredible difference for the students at Kearns High School, and we’d like to see her back in the classroom. But that’s going might take some time.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News


Daniel Woodruff

Utah Legislature approves allowing more children at unlicensed day care facilities

A bill in the Utah Legislature that aims to allow unlicensed providers to care for up to eight children instead of six passed the house and senate. It now awaits Gov. Cox's signature.

3 hours ago

Neilson-Berg explaining the hassles and trouble she has been going through to get into contact with...

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt helps Google Fiber customer get her internet fixed after customer service calls go nowhere

When a Salt Lake City woman's internet connection went down, and she couldn't get a straight answer as to when it would be back up, she decided to Get Gephardt.

3 hours ago

a sign announcing rent...

Daniel Woodruff

Utah senators kill compromise bill giving tenants more notice of rent increases

A Utah lawmaker’s push to give tenants more notice of rent increases hit a wall as Republicans on a Senate committee voted not to advance it.

3 hours ago

dome and side of the Utah Capitol...

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox, KSL TV

Truth Test: Fact-checking claims from lawmakers who voted to make their calendars secret

The KSL Investigators put lawmakers’ statements about a measure that would conceal their calendars through the KSL Truth Test.

3 hours ago

emergency lights...

Larry D. Curtis

Man ejected, in critical condition after single-car rollover on I-15 in central Utah

After an emergency call of reckless driving, a man was taken to a hospital in critical condition in a single car crash in central Utah.

3 hours ago

Sean Reyes...

Keira Fairmont

Fight for Transparency: KSL’s 15-month long battle to get Sean Reyes’ calendar

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes still refuses to release his professional calendar despite State Records Committee and Judge’s orders. Now Utah Lawmakers have passed a bill to seal all public officials’ calendars.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Student accused of attacking Kearns High teacher has special needs, district says