74-year-old Indiana teacher beaten by 280lb student says school refused to arrest ‘man child’

Adding to the shocking spate of school violence across the nation, a 74-year-old Indiana substitute teacher claims he suffered a gruesome black eye from a teen — and teachers stopped him being arrested.

Shellshocked Rob Gooding, of Indianapolis, told News 8 he was serving as a substitute at Perry Meridian High School on February 1 when an unruly student suddenly approached him during a business class.

The hulking teen — who Gooding claims stood over 6 feet — raised his Chromebook and was poised to crash it down on his head.


“This man child was 6-feet-2, 280 pounds,” he said.

But the student then shoved the elderly instructor to the ground in front of shocked students and rained down punches on his head.

“He hovered over me and with his left hand whammed me,” Gooding told the station.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and found the dazed teacher suffering from a grisly knot on his forehead and a deep black eye.

Gooding told a school resource officer who arrived with the emergency crews he wanted his assailant arrested and prosecuted.

But the officer told him school administrators forbade him from doing so.


School officials told News 8 that they were unable to comment on what, if any, disciplinary measures were taken against the teen.

“Perry Police responded to the incident quickly,” read a statement from the Perry Township School District. “A police report was forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors will then make a criminal charge decision.”

But weeks later Gooding said he hasn’t been contacted by any party concerning the case.

“He has to be accountable for his actions and that’s what I feel,” Gooding said.

Attacks on teachers by students have become increasingly common, with sometimes lethal consequences.


Fred Jimenez, 73, was buried this past Sunday after serving at a San Antonio High School for more than a decade.

His shattered wife of 25 years, Margo Jimenez, told The Post that school administrators downplayed the incident to her, never relaying that he had been pushed.

In another case recent case, a 15-year-old Ohio high school student allegedly punched a teacher in the head after hitting a vape — leaving her with a “severe brain injury” that required the removal of her skullcap.

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