The attack occured last February.
It’s not an uncommon sight but the fact that the student was 270 lbs and just ran at a teacher’s aide, Joan Naydich, causing her to fly across the room was shocking indeed.
Then he proceeded to pummel the 59 year old teacher unconscious. It was sickening.
What was her crime? Accused of taking away his video game, which she said she didn’t do.
Justice is finally coming the end of this month.
Wiping the spit from her face, Florida teacher Joan Naydich, 59, sensed it was time to escape her classroom.
“The last thing I remember is having my hand on the door handle,” she told The Post in her first major interview since being beaten unconscious by a student over a Nintendo Switch last February.
“I don’t remember anything [else] until 3:30 p.m. when I came to. And at that point I was in the ER and my son and daughter were standing there.”
In an attack that’s been viewed more than 10 million times across the globe, then 17-year-old Brendan Depa — standing 6-foot 7-inches tall and 270 pounds — pummeled Naydich with more than a dozen kicks and punches as she lay motionless on the floor.
With his sentencing slated for later this month, Naydich opened up about the case — and what preceded an assault that left her with five broken ribs, a concussion, and a shattered psyche, including how Depa spat at her and called her “bitch” and “whore” because she had signalled to his teacher his gaming device was a distraction.
A judge will decide Depa’s fate on Jan. 31. He already pleaded guilty and faces a term of anywhere between probation and 30 years behind bars.
Depa’s supporters assert his dysfunctional childhood and mental deficits should mitigate his term, while others — including Naydich herself — say he is undeserving of the court’s mercy.
Way too many mentally ill people in this country.
NEW: Teacher Joan Naydich, who was beaten unconscious by a 270lb teen after she took his Nintendo, is doubling down & refusing to help the teen get a lighter sentence.
During an interview with the @nypost, Naydich blasted the school district for failing her.
She also… pic.twitter.com/gDBOgVvnCi
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 18, 2024
JUST IN: The Florida teacher who was beaten unconscious by a 270 pound teen reportedly wants “no mercy” for her attacker & says she has been living off donations.
The victim, Joan Naydich, says her whole life has been turned upside down and she wants the maximum… pic.twitter.com/gVeEHdtVro
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 16, 2023