High School Student Charged With Attempted Murder After Attacking Teacher Over Grades An electronic sign stands outside Eldorado High School in Las Vegas on Friday. A student who attacked a teacher in a classroom at the school is facing counts of attempted murder and sexual assault, according to Las Vegas Metro Police. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 11 April 2022 02:37 PM
A Las Vegas high school student was arrested late last week after allegedly assaulting and attempting to kill a teacher over a dispute about grades.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) issued a release describing what officers found Thursday afternoon after being alerted of an injured teacher at Eldorado High School.
"The investigation by the LVMPD Sexual Assault Section indicated that the teacher was in her classroom when a 16-year-old student entered to talk about his grades," the department's release said.
"At some point, the suspect got violent and began punching the victim and strangled her until she lost consciousness. After the attack, the suspect fled the classroom, and the victim was later found by another employee."
Clark County School District (CCSD) Police Department officers took the suspect into custody about a half-mile south of the school without incident.
The suspect was transported to the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) and booked for attempted murder, sexual assault, battery w/Intent to commit sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and robbery.
The Las Vegas Sun reported that bail was set at $500,000 cash for the student.
A Las Vegas Justice Court judicial officer, Daniel Westmeyer, ruled that prosecutors provided "clear and convincing evidence that no less restrictive alternative to monetary bail" would satisfy the court's interest, according to court records, the Sun said.
The court records also said additional bail terms included that the suspect must stay away from the victim, and must remain under high level electronic monitoring.
The suspect, as of noon Saturday, remained in the CCDC.
Police said the suspect, who would be charged as an adult, was scheduled for another court appearance Tuesday, the Sun reported.
Eldorado High School teachers met with union representatives and the school's administration Friday to discuss the incident, Las Vegas outlet KLAS reported.
"If what happened yesterday does not enlighten the community as well as CCSD, I don't know what else it's going to take," Clark County Education Association President Marie Neisess said at the meeting, KLAS reported.
"Is it going to take someone dying at the hands of a student, whether it's another student or a staff member? We have to have some immediate interventions to figure out what to do."