A white student charged for beating his black teacher unconscious has been released from jail without bail, and the victim’s family is not pleased with the decision.
According to KSTPTV, 18-year-old Corey David Burfield was charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault after beating Mohammed Dukuly, a teaching aide at Harrison Education Center, which is an alternative high school in Minneapolis.
Dukuly was sent to the hospital in critical condition and suffered severe injuries from the attack.
Burfield was sent to jail on Tuesday, and on Thursday, District Judge William Koch allowed his release without bail. The judge concluded he is not a flight risk, and instead he ordered him to wear an electronic home monitoring and have no contact with the teacher. The 18-year-old’s mother also told the judge she would look after her son.
“Quite frankly, we are disappointed,” the victim’s uncle, Imam Mohammed Dukuly, told the Star Tribune. “For a serious case like this, I think he should’ve been on bail.”
Thankfully, Dukuly is expected to make a full recovery. “We feel like a heavy mountain has been removed from our head,” Iman added. “He can recognize us and we are very excited and grateful to Allah and for the community support. It’s our prayer that the strength we see will continue in his recovery.”
In response to the incident, Minneapolis School Superintendent Ed Graff said this highlights the need for “mental health support, affordable housing and employment for troubled students.”
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