Student jailed in assault on teacher

GRAPEVINE -- An 18-year-old Winfree Academy Charter student was in jail Friday on allegations that he repeatedly struck a teacher because she had requested that he use hand sanitizer after sneezing on a computer keyboard.

"I got angry and attacked her," Daniel Erman told officers when questioned about the Thursday afternoon incident at the school at 1250 William D. Tate Ave., according to a Grapevine police report.

Erman was arrested on suspicion of assault by bodily injury and booked into the Grapevine Jail. He remained there Friday morning with bail set at $1,000, said Lt. Todd Dearing, a police spokesman.

The 34-year-old teacher told officers that she had been assisting Erman with his computer when he sneezed all over the keyboard. She said she suggested that Erman get some hand sanitizer and clean off the keyboard, which he did before resuming his classwork.

According to the police report, Erman sneezed a second time on the keyboard, and the teacher again suggested that he get some hand sanitizer and clean off the keyboard.

This time, the teacher told police, Erman got up and punched her on the right side of her jaw. She told police she tried to walk away but Erman followed, striking her in the back at least three times.

Another student who was in the classroom at the time told police that Erman, who had been coughing continually, became extremely irate with the teacher and used profanity. The student said she saw Erman push the teacher twice but did not see him strike her in the face.

Erman told police that he had become upset because the teacher kept asking him to use hand sanitizer.

He admitted striking her a few times in the back but denied hitting her in the face, the report states.

Assault by bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655