Administrator charged with assaulting student

June 5, 2008 9:33:40 AM PDT
A confrontation at George Bush High School landed an associate principal behind bars. The student he's accused of attacking talked exclusively to Eyewitness News exclusively.A probable cause affidavit says a school police officer discovered enough evidence at Bush High School Tuesday to arrest that administrator. A student says he thought the administrator was going to kill him.

An eyewitness used a cell phone to take a photo that reportedly shows that administrator on top of Edgar Arellano.

"He grabbed me like that, he grabbed me like that right," Arellano recalled. "He was choking me for 10 seconds."

The 18-year-old student admits he threw a bottle at the beginning of a food fight at Bush High School Tuesday, but accuses Associate Principal Andre Credit of using excessive force in attempting to control the situation. Credit was arrested by Fort Bend ISD police after the incident, and is accused of aggravated assault.

Arellano says he feared for his life after Credit allegedly threw him to the ground. What he claims the associate principal said to him while on the ground, Arellano says still disturbs him.

He told Eyewitness News, "His body was on top of me. He was like, 'I want to hear you say you can't breathe no more. I want to hear it.'"

Arellano says he suffered scratches and bruises, and a blown blood vessel in his left eye.

A spokesperson for Fort Bend ISD tells Eyewitness News that the district is saddened by the events that took place. They say Credit was hired just a year ago and that he will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Arellano's mother Rosalina says what happened to her son at school wasn't right. She finds the entire thing upsetting because she presumed her son would be safe at school.

Edgar says he believes Credit should be fired.

"He should get his punishment for what he did," he said.

Credit refused our request for an interview. As of 4pm he was still in custody at the Fort Bend County Jail. The union representing FBISD teachers says kids do often get unruly toward the end of the school year.

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