• A school employee found the injured teacher in her classroom at Eldorado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday
  • The 16-year-old student fled the classroom after allegedly attacking the teacher
  • The student is facing several charges, including attempted murder, sexual assault and battery with intent to commit sexual assault

A 16-year-old high school student in Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested for the alleged attempted murder and sexual assault of their teacher, police said.

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were called to the Eldorado High School Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of an injured teacher, according to a release from the department.

When they arrived, police officers found the teacher, whose name has not been disclosed, in a classroom being treated for multiple injuries by emergency responders. She was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.

Investigators determined that the teacher was in her classroom when the teenage suspect, whose name was also not provided by police, came in to talk about grades. The student then allegedly became violent.

"At some point, the suspect got violent and began punching the victim and strangled her until she lost consciousness," police alleged.

The student fled the classroom after the attack, according to police.

Another school employee found the injured teacher and called 911.

The teen was later arrested by authorities at a home in the area of Bonanza Road and Sloan Lane, about half a mile away from the school, "without incident," KTNV reported, citing Las Vegas police.

The teenager was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for attempted murder, sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and robbery.

Parents, students and staff of the school were notified of the arrest via email by the school district Friday.

Counseling resources will be offered on campus to those who may want assistance.

Clark County School District Dr. Jesus Jara said in a statement that he was "devastated" by news of the assault on one of the district's teachers.

"Our hearts are heavy because of the violence committed against her, and we pray for her full recovery," Jara said.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak described the assault as an "absolutely tragic and a horrendous situation."

"We must ensure our educators remain safe as they do the important work of teaching our kids – their safety and well-being is a primary concern," Sisolak stated. "We must also provide the resources necessary for our students to have the mental health supports they need."

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