Long Road to Recovery for Teacher Assaulted in School

July 24, 2018 07:52 AM

In a small Minneapolis apartment, Mohammed Dukuly flips through a thick hospital binder about living with traumatic brain injury, it also is filled with information about future doctor and therapist appointments.

RELATED: Court Documents: Student Accused of Putting Teaching Assistant in the Hospital Has Violent Past


Dukuly, 49, was hurt while working at Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis on May 22, where he works as a paraprofessional staff member.

An 18-year-old student, Corey David Burfield was charged with first-and-third degree assault in connection with the incident.

“I'm not like the way I was before but it's far better than it was in the hospital," Dukuly said.

Dukuly spent most of his time at HCMC in the intensive care unit until he was released in June.

RELATED: Minneapolis School Teaching Assistant Says He's 'Praying To Be Well' After Attack

Dukuly has received many get-well cards from former teachers that he’s worked with in the last 10 years in the Minneapolis school district.

“I have a great passion for special education because I'm there to make difference in kids lives, especially kids who never had the opportunity," Dukuly said.

The road back to a classroom is one Dukuly hopes to go down but until he recovers from two surgeries planned in September, he said he’s unsure of what the future holds.

"Everything depends on the Almighty,” said Dukuly. “If things go well and I'll get back on my feet and make a difference in kids’ lives."

School Staff Assaults

Back in May, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Minnesota’s Department of Education for data on teachers and school staff that were assaulted by students.

Based on the most recent data from the state, 2016-2017 school year, there were 1,359 assaults on teachers and staff by students in Minnesota schools.

Minnesota’s Department of Education said that state statute does not define “physical assault” and it’s up to each district to choose how it's defined.

The Minneapolis Public School District had the most number of incidents, 275, according to the state records.

To see Minneapolis' complete response to the data, click here.


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