Joan Naydich Wiki – Bio
Joan Naydich, 57, of Palm Coast, Florida, was thrown to the ground and beaten by an unidentified teenage student Tuesday at Matanzas High School after she took the Nintendo Switch from her.
The mother of two has a son Morgan, a senior, who is attending high school, and a daughter who graduated in 2013. She has worked for Flagler County Schools since 2004 and has worked in Matanzas since 2021. Joan is humble, she never asks for help and she needs our love/support during this difficult time,” her friend and fellow mom Jessica White Leon wrote on GoFundMe. ‘I have had the privilege of knowing Joan through our Matanzas HS boys’ bowling team for the past six years!’
Flagler County deputies found Naydich with “serious” injuries after the student punched her at least 15 times. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is not clear if she is still in the hospital. Sheriff Rick Staly told WESH 2: “This could have been a homicide.”
Joan Naydich is 57 years old.
6ft’6 Matanzas HS Student Beats Joan Naydich Flagler’s Teacher
The student, who has special needs, was arrested and charged with a juvenile felony aggravated assault with bodily harm, which he faces up to five years. He is currently in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. In surveillance footage, released by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the burly student can be seen running towards Naydich before throwing her across her room, her body flying several feet.
She hits the ground headfirst, knocking her unconscious. The special needs student immediately begins kicking Naydich before kneeling down to punch her in the head and torso. Another woman runs up to the student and grabs him by her arm, but she can’t pull him away from the assistant before several others rush to pull him off her. Even after they manage to push him to the ground, she still extends her leg to hit Naydich a few more times.
Five staff members are needed to restrain him and get him away from her body while he was fighting them. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office found Naydich with “serious injuries” and she was transported to the hospital for treatment. The teen claimed he would “hit her every time she took the game away from him” and spat at Naydich as officers escorted him away, according to the arrest report.
In body cam footage, the student can be seen asking officers if he “is going to jail,” as he is handcuffed at school.
‘For how long?’ the students asked.
“I don’t know,” the officer replied.
Moments later, he told the officers: ‘Fuck you, I don’t want to go to jail. I have more important things to do’, before accusing them of mistreating him. Staly called the ordeal “absolutely horrendous and completely unnecessary.” We hope [Naydich] can recover, both mentally and physically, from this incident,” he said in a statement. ‘Our schools must be a safe place, both for employees and students.
Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt agreed, saying: ‘Creating a safe working and learning environment on our campuses is critical. Violence is never an appropriate reaction. Matanzas High School said it had “no comment” when contacted by DailyMail.com.
The Flagler School Board said in a meeting after the event that they had made it a “high priority” to go over the policy to “help with this.” After the attack, mental health advocate Sue Urban, whose 17-year-old son Nicholas graduated from Matanzas high school before taking his own life, responded to the incident, saying it wasn’t “her fault,” to Despite the quick reaction.
‘This is not this child’s fault. It’s not a threat,’ Urban said in an emotional Facebook Live. This is a mental health issue. This is a problem with our system, it’s broken.’
Urban, who also has a stepson in the same behavior wing as the boy in the video, told DailyMail.com on Friday that the special wing is for “children who are not in the general high school population” and that her son and the boy were ‘school friends’ in separate classes.
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