OKEECHOBEE — A local teacher was injured Monday, Sept. 9, at TrueCore Youth Correctional Center after two youths allegedly punched him in the face. Jarahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Nico Orrand, 16, were arrested and charged with battery on a public or private education employee. Both were taken to the Okeechobee County Jail for processing and then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Pierce.
Okeechobee County Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Mitchell responded to a call pertaining to an assault/battery on staff complaint on Monday morning. When he arrived, he spoke with the teacher who told him he had been in his office preparing for his class when the two boys entered his office and asked for a pencil and paper. The teacher handed each boy paper and pencil and told them to leave, but they both stood there smiling at him. The teacher again asked the boys to leave and received the same response. At that point, he said he went to the door to let them out, and King punched him in the left eye. He said, before he could respond, Orrand punched him on the left side of his face, and both boys approached him again but he was able to open the door and leave the office to call for assistance.
Deputy Mitchell noted he did see redness and swelling in the areas where the teacher said he was struck.
The fact that a teacher could be assaulted in broad daylight raises a lot of questions. When asked the following questions:
Jack Eich of TrueCore replied, “with regard to the youth on staff assault that occurred on Sept. 9, 2019 at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center, the two youths involved in the incident have been transferred to the sheriff’s detention facility. No serious injuries occurred as a result of the incident. TrueCore does not comment on personnel matters as it relates to our employees.”