In Fort Bend, Texas, teachers are coming to the defense of an associate principal charged with aggravated assault for tackling a student who threw a water bottle in a cafeteria food fight. As an administrator, Andre Credit isn’t in the union, but teachers think police didn’t investigate thoroughly before filing charges.
Police said Credit grabbed Edgar Arellano, 18, around the throat, threw him to the floor and choked him after Arellano threw a bottle.
Teachers complain police ignored faculty witnesses and relied on students, who were allowed to compare stories with each other before signing statements.
“Campus sources” say Arellano was in trouble frequently and bragged about gang membership; his MySpace profile also alludes to gang membership.
A student witness, who said she wasn’t interviewed by police, said the associate principal did nothing wrong.
â€œEdgar was in the middle of the trouble and Mr. Credit took him down. I donâ€™t see what was wrong with that,â€ the student said. â€œMr. Credit just wanted the whole thing to stop before somebody got hurt.â€
Flypaper finds the story “hilarious on several levels,” possibly because the school is named George Bush High. I have to agree with the first commenter. It’s not all that funny.