2 Arrested in Attack That Knocked Long Island Teacher Unconscious

A parent and a juvenile have been arrested after an attack on a Long Island teacher that a group said left the educator unconscious for several minutes.

Authorities say the duo allegedly attacked the female math teacher Wednesday at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead.

Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association President Elias Mestizo told Newsday the teacher was taken to the hospital after being put in a headlock and thrown to the floor.

Mestizo told the paper witnesses told him the teacher was knocked unconscious at one point, left "on the floor for a couple of minutes."

The teacher's condition wasn't immediately known Thursday.

Hempstead Superintendent Susan Johnson told Newsday the district "acted swiftly" to assist in the criminal investigation, including providing authorities a video posted to Facebook of the attack.

The parent, Annika McKenzie, pleaded not guilty to assault charges and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

McKenzie's attorney, Don Rollock, told NBC 4 New York that the parent came to the school because the teacher put her hands on her 12-year-old daughter,

"Teachers shouldn't lay their hands on kids," Rollock said.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the school about Rollock's allegations.

-- Greg Cergol contributed to this report.

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