The Florida teacher’s aide who was allegedly attacked by a 17-year-old high schooler was granted a permanent injunction for protection on Thursday.
Brendan Depa, 17, was charged as an adult on one felony count of aggravated battery on an elected official or education employee and is accused of attacking a teacher’s aide who he says took away his Nintendo Switch during class time on Feb. 21 at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida. According to WESH-TV, the teenager is considered a special needs student.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the teacher’s aide, Joan Naydich, was granted a permanent injunction for protection against repeat violence against Depa on Thursday.
In the petition for the injunction for protection, Naydich said that she has suffered two broken ribs and multiple bruises as a result of the incident.
Neither Depa nor Naydich made any statements during the hearing, according to the report. Depa’s lawyer, Kurt Teifke, said that he wouldn’t contest the injunction.
Surveillance video released by police shows Depa running up to the teacher’s aide, pushing her to the ground, and then continuing to punch and kick her.
The teacher’s aide is seen on the ground for several minutes before she was able to get up with the help of others.
Depa pleaded not guilty on March 3 to the felony count of aggravated battery on an elected official or education employee.
Circuit Judge Terence Perkins ordered that Depa undergo a mental health examination following a motion from his defense attorney stating that he doesn’t believe the teenager is competent to stand trial…. (Read more)