Police: Student who punched teacher was upset over loss of Xbox

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INDIANAPOLIS – A Franklin Central High School student told police he attacked a teacher because he was angry his mother took his Xbox away and the teacher was the “closest” outlet for letting out his frustration.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the 16-year-old said he “hit him because he was the closest teacher and I was mad.”

Police said the assault happened shortly before 8 a.m. at the school’s freshman campus. The student said he punched teacher Kent Evans, 58, in the face “three or four times,” according to the report. Principal Chase Houtari saw the attack and called police after staff separated the two.

The school’s surveillance cameras captured the incident, police said.

When police arrived, they placed the student in handcuffs. He quickly admitted to what happened, telling officers he was upset over recent disciplinary actions that, among other things, resulted in the loss of his Xbox.

“I got in trouble yesterday for talking back to a teacher and wearing some jewelry,” the report quoted the teen as saying. “When I got home, my mom took my Xbox, my Beats (headphones) and my cell phone away from me. I was mad because all my stuff was taken away.”

When asked why he singled out Evans in the attack, the teen said, “because if I hit someone my age I may not have stopped and I would have put them to sleep,” according to the report.

The principal suspended the student for ten days and said he was banned from school property except for a future expulsion hearing. The teenager was taken to a juvenile detention facility on preliminary charges of battery and disorderly conduct.

The teacher went to an area clinic for evaluation after complaining of pain in his jaw.