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School evacuated after teacher's aide suffers apparent breakdown

School Evacuated After Substitute Allegedly Suffers Breakdown

Police and administrators at Van Nuys Elementary School were investigating an incident on campus Monday that triggered an emergency evacuation. The issue reportedly involved a teacher's aide who may have suffered a mental breakdown, KTLA reports.

The woman, identified as Linda Hovanec, arrived at school [that] morning, jumped out of her car and ran onto campus, parents said.

"We saw the car here with the door open and I called the school ... 'everything is fine, don't worry,'" said parent Blanca Cardenas.

But Cardenas said what she saw on campus was far from fine.

Hovanec reportedly banged on classroom doors, threw papers in the air and climbed on top of a table, witnesses said. A student witnessed her screaming at a wall, yelling at children who weren't there.

"Due to a safety concern we had to contact school police, Los Angeles Fire Department, and the paramedics," according to a phone message left for parents by principal Franne Goldstein following the incident.

Hovanec was transported to the Van Nuys police station where she was booked on suspicion of assault, according to Sgt. Steve Gottschalk.

In a letter sent home to parents on Monday, school administrations said, "Those involved were treated for non life-threatening injuries and the employee will not be returning to our school."

KTLA's Christina Pascucci and Mary Beth McDade contributed to this story.

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sylvabugg2 June 03 2014 at 11:32 AM

This is typical of how this country treats the mentally ill, throw them in jail. She needs help. Hospitalize her and have her evaluated and if it's determined she needs extensive therapy then place her in a mental health facility. It's shameful the way we treat our mentally ill. What gets me is they closed all the major mental health hospitals during the Reagan administration because the ACLU griped that their right were being violated. Now they get no treatment at all. Typical liberal thinking.

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loveeurope2 June 03 2014 at 1:00 PM

So finally a teacher behaves like a lot of kids do on a daily basis? You could not pay me enough to be a teacher in this times. Mental breakdown? Get the woman some help!

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cqdeed loveeurope2 June 04 2014 at 2:24 AM

Yeah, my brother and his wife became teachers in a mid-sized school. That lasted two or three years...long enough for them to find out the kids had zero interest in learning anything, the kid's parents had zero interest in getting involved, and there was zero they could do about it.

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libertysanders June 03 2014 at 2:55 PM

What's the big deal? The nuns that taught me in grade school acted this way all the time.

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rem119 June 03 2014 at 11:20 AM

OK, she's having a mental breakdown and is taken to the police station and booked? So if she is nuts and has access to knives, hammers, guns etc all she has to do is bond out and go on a rampage like that other spoiled brat in Santa Barbara? Of course all the gun grabbers out there are hoping for that

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amysturn2talk June 03 2014 at 11:25 AM

To rem119 - you can have all the guns you want. Its the bullets I have a problem with.

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rlmcanoe June 03 2014 at 4:38 PM

I started to watch the video, but when one mother was talking in Spanish, how are we supposed to know what she is saying, she needs to learn to speak American

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boardsrbetter June 03 2014 at 11:39 AM

Just make sure she cant come back with a gun. Also, where was the schools resource officer when this happened?

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giaw66666 June 03 2014 at 12:12 PM

Awful reporting. What happened to 'what', 'where','who' and 'why'? Why don't they say what state it happened in?

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mymajor1 June 03 2014 at 2:32 PM

At least the reporter was able to find out ONE person speaking spanish...because she 'no habla ingles'.

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mchris1542 mymajor1 June 04 2014 at 6:25 AM

this isn't a story about people speaking English it's a story about a lady that went crazy

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voelkercpa June 03 2014 at 12:13 PM

Sure, sure, any excuse to get out of school. Just dart her down, sweep up the hallway, and get on with classes. Common Corpse can't wait!

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dan voelkercpa June 03 2014 at 2:06 PM


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annemcl voelkercpa June 03 2014 at 2:33 PM

Common Corpse?

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fifiwereking annemcl June 03 2014 at 4:22 PM

it's called a "pun"

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cqdeed annemcl June 04 2014 at 2:28 AM

Play on words. Think Common Core.

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