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Teacher, 32, filmed brutally beating 15-year-old pupil and stomping on her head

THIS is the shocking moment a teacher launched a brutal attack on a 15-year-old special needs pupil and stomped on her head.

The distressing footage shows the pupil appear to hit the female high school teacher before the teacher held the girl down in her seat.

 Tiffani Lankford is seen hitting the special needs pupil
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Tiffani Lankford is seen hitting the special needs pupil

The teacher, identified as Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, then hits the girl at least three times before shoving her onto the floor.

With the girl sprawled out on the floor the teacher then stomps on her head before yelling at her and walking away.

Other pupils in the Spanish language class at Lehman High School, in Kyle, Texas, can be seen looking on in horror.

Lankford was identified by the authorities after the incident on Friday and immediately fired from her role as a substitute teacher and arrested for aggravated assault.

It has been reported Lankford had a previous offence for a domestic violence incident in 2014.

The teen girl’s family issued a statement through their lawyer Paul Batrice.

It said: “We are shocked and disgusted after seeing the abuse and excessive force used in this teacher's attempt to discipline a special needs child.

'SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED'

“There is no excuse for this type of behaviour. Given this teacher’s alleged criminal history of domestic violence and the video footage that has shaken our community, we have started an investigation into this teacher and Hays CISD in the hopes of ensuring justice for this family and so that no Texas student ever endures such extreme behaviour again.”

Officials from the Hays Consolidated Independent School District [CISD] said in a statement on Friday: “As a Hays CISD family, when one of our schools and students is hurting, we all hurt.

“You may have already seen stories on the news tonight, or the video on social media, about a horrible incident that occurred late this afternoon at Lehman High School.

“It was a traumatic event for the student, her classmates, and the teachers and staff at Lehman High School. Let us all keep the Lobos in our hearts this weekend. I know we all wish our student and her family well as she recovers from this assault.”

The school’s head wrote in a letter which was posted on Facebook: “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.”

Governor Greg Abott said in a Twitter message: “Conduct like this won't be tolerated in Texas classrooms. The substitute teacher who committed this heinous act has been arrested & will face serious legal consequences.

“The school district will be investigated by the Texas Education Agency.”

 Lankford then throws the girl to the ground
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Lankford then throws the girl to the ground
 Lankford then stamps on the girl's head
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Lankford then stamps on the girl's head

 

 Tiffani Shadell Lankford was fired immediately from her role as a substitute teacher
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Tiffani Shadell Lankford was fired immediately from her role as a substitute teacherCredit: Hays County Jail
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