The Florida teacher’s aide who was allegedly assaulted by a 17-year-old high school student was granted a permanent protective order on Thursday.
Brendan Deppa, 17, was charged as an adult with one felony count of aggravated battery on an elected official or education official and is accused of assaulting a teacher’s aide who he says took his Nintendo Switch during class on Feb. 21 at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida. According to WESH-TV, the teenager is considered a special needs student.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, teacher’s aide Joanne Naidich was granted a permanent protection against repeat violence against Depp on Thursday.
In the application for a restraining order, Naidich said he suffered two broken ribs and multiple bruises as a result of the incident.
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Neither Deppa nor Naidich made statements during the hearing, according to the report. Depa’s attorney, Kurt Teifke, said he would not challenge the order.
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Surveillance video released by police shows Deppa approaching the teacher’s aide, knocking her to the ground and then continuing to punch and kick her.
The teacher’s aide is seen on the ground for several minutes before he is able to get up with the help of others.
Depp pleaded not guilty on March 3 to the charge of aggravated battery of an elected official or education employee.
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District Judge Terrence Perkins ordered Depp to undergo a mental health evaluation after a motion by his defense attorney said he did not believe the teenager was competent to stand trial.
The order prohibits Depp from contacting Naidich and also prohibits him from being less than 500 feet from Matanzas High School or its residents. It also prohibits Depp from being less than 500 feet from Palm Coast Lanes, where the teacher’s aide watches her children play bowls.
Deppa also cannot knowingly come within 100 feet of Naidich’s car.
Speaking to the media, Naidich said the order made her feel “somewhat” safer.
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“I just want to make sure this never happens to anyone else again,” Naidich said.
While Depa accused the teacher’s aide of taking the Nintendo Switch, Naidic told the media after the court hearing that this was not true.
“It wasn’t a device that was taken, it was the teacher who threatened not to use it at school,” Naidich said. “I had nothing to do with it.”
Naidich also said her recovery is “slow,” adding that “every day is just a new day.”
She was also asked about a potential punishment for Depp and said: “I couldn’t even guess about that. I won’t even speculate.”
There are three depots previous misdemeanor battery chargeswith one in March 2019, another in April 2019 and a third in June 2019. The charges stem from the state’s 13th Judicial District, located in Hillsborough County.
Records show Deppa completed a program within the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for those charges.