Teacher recovering seven months after beaten by student

A Port Arthur teen has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting two educators on the Memorial High School campus last October.

On October 15, 2012, Dr. Brenda Brooks-Coleman walked into the Memorial High School campus as a teacher. She walked out as a victim.

"He just came at me and started popping on me and I was trying to block him," says Coleman.

She was brutally beaten by Jaylon Trahan, 17, of Port Arthur, who Coleman says was trying to enter the Motiva Youth Training Academy. She said he then became irate when he wasn't allowed in.

"The last couple of blows that he gave me were so hard they knocked me from the hallway into my office," said Brooks-Coleman.

Coleman told 12News she suffered a concussion, a contusion on her neck, injuries to her left shoulder, wrist, knee, hip and ankle.

In Coleman's victim impact statement, she told Trahan he'll spend 180 days in jail but she'll spend a lifetime doubting a career she loves.

"I love what I do. I love the students that I work with. But, I swear to you, I never thought that this would happen to me," she said.

Coleman said every day is still a challenge and that she still suffers memory loss. She has not been back to work since the attack.

Part of Trahan's plea agreement was to receive 10 years probation. Judge John Stevens added jail time, Monday, saying schools are a sanctuary for learning.

The attorney for Trahan declined comment Monday.


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