16-year-old Eldorado High School student arrested for sexual assault and attempted murder of teacher

I-Team Sources: Janitor Finds Unconscious Teacher Thursday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 16-year-old Eldorado High School student was arrested Thursday after allegedly attacking a teacher, Las Vegas Metro Police said Friday.

Officers were called to the school around 3.30pm after receiving reports of an injured teacher, they said.

The investigation said the teacher was in her classroom when the student came in to talk about her grades, police said. The student then became violent.

According to the police, the student began to hit the teacher, strangling her until she passed out. Police said after the attack, the student fled the classroom and was later found by another employee.

Sources tell 8 News Now’s I-Team that a janitor found the teacher later that afternoon.

School teachers met with union representatives and school administrators on Friday.

“If what happened yesterday doesn’t enlighten the community as well as the CCSD, I don’t know what else it will take,” said CAMC President Marie Neisess. “Is it going to cause someone to die at the hands of a student, whether it’s another student or a member of staff?” We need to have immediate interventions to know what to do.

The principal of Eldorado High School emailed parents about the incident.

As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues occurring within our school community. According to the email, a person of interest is currently in custody. The police intervened in our school after receiving reports of an assault on a member of staff after he was fired today. The CCSD PD and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are currently investigating and a person of interest is in custody. As this is an active police investigation, we have no further details to share at this time. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

El Dorado High School

The student was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center for attempted murder, sexual assault, assault with intent to commit sexual assault, first degree kidnapping and robbery.

Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara sent this statement to CCDS staff on Friday:

Dear CCSD staff,

The safety of every Clark County School District (CCSD) student and employee is our top priority.

I am devastated and the SDCC family is grieving for the teacher who was assaulted at Eldorado High School. Our hearts are heavy for the violence committed against her, and we pray for her full recovery.

As I have said previously, “Violent acts, assaults, and intimidation will not be tolerated in the Clark County School District, and those who choose to engage in these activities will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Superintendent Jara

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Metro Police at 702-828-3421. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555.

Martha K. Merrill