Arraignment set for Louisiana teen accused of punching disabled teacher in apparent TikTok challenge


COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A Dec. 18 arraignment date has been set for an 18-year-old Louisiana high school student accused of punching a teacher who uses a wheelchair. The motive apparently was a social media challenge, police have said.

Larrianna Jameese Jackson of Covington could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of second-degree battery and cruelty to the infirmed, District Attorney Warren Montgomery said in a news release.

He said Tuesday that she had been charged Oct. 15.

Covington police say two other teens who filmed the attack 18-year-old Trinity Gervais and an unnamed juvenile are facing charges of unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.

Covington police arrested Jackson on Oct. 6 on a felony charge of battery of a school teacher.

They said the 64-year-old teacher needed hospital care after an attack that investigators believe was in response to a TikTok challenge, news outlets reported.

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