Student charged with attacking staff member at Minneapolis school

The employee has been identified as Mohammed Duluky.
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Update 7 P.M.

An 18-year-old student from the Harrison Education Center has been charged with assaulting paraprofessional Mohammed Dukuly.

According to the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney, Corey David Burfield, 18, of St. Paul, shoved Dukuly into a wall and then knocked him to the ground and punched him repeatedly.

When paramedics arrived, Dukuly was unresponsive and "life-saving measures were necessary." 

He was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.

The assault was witnessed by a School Resource Officer, who said Burfield attempted to grab for Dukuly's belt, where his radio and keys were kept.

Dukuly is a paraprofessional at the alternative school, which caters for students with severe emotional and behavioral needs.

Burfield has been charged with first and third degree assault.

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Original story

A school staff member is in the hospital with critical injuries after being attacked by a student on Tuesday.

The incident happened at 9:45 a.m. at the Harrison Education Center at 501 Irving Ave. N., an alternative school for students with severe emotional and behavioral needs.

Police spokesman John Elder says an altercation left a staff member with "very significant injuries," with an 18-year-old student taken into custody.

The victim has been identified Mohammed Dukuly, who is listed on the school's website as a paraprofessional.

KSTP reports he's on life support at Hennepin County Medical Center, with his uncle telling the TV station Dukuly was thrown against a wall.

Minneapolis Public Schools released a statement following the incident, saying it can't share many details due to data privacy laws, "however, we extend our thoughts to the staff member and their family."

"Our priority is to provide safe learning environments for all of our students and staff," it added.

"Anytime an injury occurs we conduct a full investigation and we will do so in this case."

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