May 23, 2018 08:08 PM
An 18-year-old man has been charged in connection to an assault that occurred at a Minneapolis school that left the victim critically injured, according to court records.
A criminal complaint states that Corey David Burfield has been charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault.
According to the complaint, a school resource officer at Harrison Education Center observed Burfield approach a teaching assistant — later identified as Mohammed Dukuly — and shove him against a wall and then to the ground. The complaint said the officer then watched Burfield punch Dukuly a number of times in the neck and head.
The complaint states surveillance video shows the student initially trying to grab at Dukuly's belt where he had his school radio and keys.
Burfield told authorities that Dukuly "took a swing" at him and that he was only attempting to defend himself.
Dukuly was transported to the hospital after the incident.
His family has been by his side at Hennepin County Medical Center, watching and waiting.
"The doctor told us when he arrived he wasn't breathing on his own," said his uncle, Imam Mohammed Dukuly.
His uncle said doctors removed the ventilator Wednesday morning. Dukuly is now breathing on his own, opening his eyes and moving his arms and legs.
He is still in the ICU in critical condition.
"That's a serious concern for us as a family, we want to know what happened," his uncle said.
The school district declined multiple requests for an interview Wednesday.
"I want to know if there's a history of violence in this school," Dukuly's uncle said.
The union that represents staff members like Dukuly has been pushing for better resources to protect staff members at Harrison Education Center.
"We're hopeful that out of something like this will come real change," said Shaun Laden, president of the Minneapolis Federation of Education Support Professionals. "We are going to do our own internal investigation into what's going on with our members."
This is not the first time an attack elevated safety concerns.
Two years ago, there was a string of assaults on staff members, including one on then-principal Monica Fabre. An 18-year-old student punched her multiple times giving her a concussion.
Updated: May 23, 2018 08:08 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 05:03 PM
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