Posted on September 13, 2022

8th Grader Arrested After Allegedly Fighting Teacher in Viral Video

Madalyn Bierster and Mike Mahoney, Nexstar Media, September 11, 2022

A viral video showing a student and teacher fighting at a Texas middle school has led to an eighth-grade student’s arrest.

The video appears to show a student attacking a teacher over a cell phone dispute at Bowie Middle School in Odessa.

A spokesperson for the Ector County Independent School District said the incident happened on Wednesday.
Following the fight, the eighth grader was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony: Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant.

“This is shocking and terrible, and will not be tolerated,” said Mike Adkins, spokesperson for the district. “We have been dealing with fights and violence recently, and want our community to know that behavior is unacceptable and we will do all we can to prevent it.”


The district superintendent acknowledged students in the area need more help coping with mental health challenges.