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Report: Central Texas student accused of cutting teacher with art knife

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Ryland Alexander Gonzalez
Ryland Alexander Gonzalez

A Central Texas art teacher had to get 10 stitches on her hand after police say one of her students stabbed her three times with an art knife.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, the incident that sent the teacher to a hospital occurred Thursday at Rouse High School in Leander, which is north of Austin.

Ryland Alexander Gonzalez, 17, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

In the affidavit obtained by the Statesman, the teacher said she saw Gonzalez with an X-Acto knife “stabbing a styrofoam dinosaur in her classroom.”

The document continues that the teacher asked Gonzalez to hand over the knife and tried to grab it by the handle when he pulled it back and cut her three times. Police were called to the school, but Gonzalez had already gone home.

The teacher went to the hospital where she “was told to contact a hand surgeon for possible ligament damage.”

When Gonzalez came back the next day, he first told officials the teacher tried to get the knife while he was utilizing it and “accidentally” sliced her, the newspaper reports.

He later said he pulled the knife away from the teacher but “was just ‘playing around,’” according to the report.

The affidavit describes the cuts as “deep puncture wounds that are not consistent with a clean slice as the defendant described.”

Gonzalez was booked and released Friday from the Williamson County Jail on $15,000 bond, according to online records.

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