KEY LARGO TEEN CHARGED WITH BATTERY ON TEACHER WHO TRIED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT AT SCHOOL

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Coral Shores High School. File photo

A Coral Shores High School teacher was taken to the hospital after she reportedly tried to break up a fight between two students the morning of Monday, April 8.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Islamorada Fire Rescue were called to the high school after a fight broke out between two males.

The teacher was trying to stop the altercation when she was knocked into a table and hit her head. She was treated at the scene and taken to Mariners Hospital for head injuries. 

Principal Laura Lietaert said the teacher was released from the hospital the same day. Lietaert wouldn’t comment further with an investigation ongoing by the sheriff’s office. 

The names of the students and the teacher weren’t immediately released.

But a day after the fight, on April 9, a 15-year-old Key Largo boy was arrested after deputies said he injured the teacher while he was fighting with another student.

The boy was charged with felony battery on an educational employee and misdemeanor battery.

“Violence will not be tolerated in our schools and I will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement.

The male was fighting with another male at 11:40 a.m. Monday when he pushed the female teacher out of the way, causing her to fall, MCSO spokesman Adam Linhardt said. A warrant was obtained and the boy was arrested Tuesday.

The story has been updated to reflect a teacher was injured in the altercation, not a counselor, per the sheriff’s office.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.