Student cuts Rouse teacher with art knife

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A teacher at Rouse High School sustained non-life threatening injuries to her hand Oct. 20 when a student, 17-year-old Ryland Gonzalez, cut her with an X-Acto knife in an art class.

The teacher was transported to St. David’s North Medical Center for treatment of three cuts on her hand.

When police arrived, Gonzalez had left the campus, but a warrant was obtained and he was arrested at his residence the following day.

Gonzalez is charged with a first-degree felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

According to the teacher, when she confronted Gonzalez and tried to take the knife from him at the end of class, he slashed at her hand, cutting her three times.

Gonzalez’ initially told officers he accidentally sliced the teacher with the knife and did not refuse to turn it over, but later changed his story, saying he had refused to turn the knife over when asked, but was only “playing around.”

According to the police report, the puncture wounds the teacher sustained were not consistent with the claim by Gonzalez that they were made with accidental slices as he pulled away.

Leander ISD sent a letter home with all Rouse students Monday, informing of the incident and assuring them that no other staff or students were involved or threatened in the isolated incident.

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