Las Vegas Substitute Teacher Charged with Assault After Racial Slur Incident

Las Vegas Substitute Teacher Charged with Assault After Racial Slur Incident
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Re’kr­won Smith, a sub­sti­tute teacher in Las Vegas, has been accused of assault­ing a stu­dent who alleged­ly direct­ed a racial slur towards him. The inci­dent, which took place on April 25 at a high school in east Las Vegas, has gar­nered atten­tion due to a video cap­tur­ing the alter­ca­tion. Smith, 27, now faces charges of bat­tery and assault on a school pupil.

The inci­dent unfold­ed when the stu­dent report­ed­ly hurled a racial slur at Smith, insti­gat­ing the con­fronta­tion. A fel­low stu­dent cap­tured the inci­dent on cam­era, and the video sub­se­quent­ly went viral. In the footage, Smith can be seen charg­ing at the stu­dent and deliv­er­ing a sin­gle blow, caus­ing the stu­dent to fall to the ground.

After the alter­ca­tion, Smith was tak­en into cus­tody and charged with bat­tery and assault. How­ev­er, he was released on bail short­ly after­ward, as he lacked a crim­i­nal his­to­ry and was not con­sid­ered a flight risk.

A court date has been set for May 28, where Smith will enter pleas for the charges against him, which also include inter­fer­ing with a stu­dent attend­ing school and being a threat to a student.

The stu­dent who was punched report­ed­ly lost con­scious­ness briefly and was tak­en to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. While the stu­den­t’s iden­ti­ty and the extent of their injuries have not been dis­closed, it is known that they sus­tained scratch­es and were sus­pect­ed of hav­ing a concussion.

Val­ley High School, where the inci­dent occurred, sent a note to par­ents, acknowl­edg­ing the alter­ca­tion and assur­ing them that they were await­ing the out­come of the inves­ti­ga­tion con­duct­ed by Clark Coun­ty School Dis­trict Police.

The school dis­trict, in a state­ment, stat­ed that they do not tol­er­ate any form of vio­lence and that any alter­ca­tion between a teacher and a stu­dent is thor­ough­ly inves­ti­gat­ed, lead­ing to appro­pri­ate dis­ci­pli­nary action.

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