Teacher hospitalised after being attacked by 5-year-old student

A teacher in the US has been left hospitalised after a five-year-old student allegedly attacked her after she told the child to cool down.

The incident took place at a primary school in the state of Florida last week when two children in a pre-kindergarten class were reportedly throwing items around the classroom, as well as at teachers, and then began throwing chairs.

A five-year-old student was taken to the "cool down room" by one of the teachers, Florida news station WPLG reported.

A teacher was attacked by a student in Florida, leading to her being hospitalised. Source: NBC6
A teacher was attacked by a student in Florida, leading to her being hospitalised. Source: NBC6

Once the student and the teacher were in the separate room, the child then attacked teacher Trisha Meadows. In a report, police said the child used their hands, fist of feet against the woman.

The teacher then called for help on a school radio.

Ms Meadows was found sitting against the wall and appeared to be in a "faint state", the police report said, according to NBC 6.

She was described as being "clearly weak and dazed" and was coughing and dry heaving. While breathing Ms Meadows was reportedly unable to verbally respond, or show signs of a response.

The teacher has been identified as Trisha Meadows. Source: 7News Miami
The teacher has been identified as Trisha Meadows. Source: 7News Miami

The teacher was then taken to hospital and police say they are not expecting to press charges against the child.

Anna Fusco, the president of the local teachers union said Ms Meadows had been teaching children with special needs for 13 years.

She added that the 5-year-old child continued to attack her even when she was unresponsive and on the floor.

"She was caught where he ran and jumped on her and attacked her with his body weight, which caused the severe injury and she will need surgery," Ms Fusco said, according to NBC 6.

Ms Meadows was reportedly intubated at the hospital. Ms Fusco said this wasn't the first time the student had caused a teacher to be taken to hospital.

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