4th-Grade Teacher Arrested After Shooting 16-Year-Old, Police Said

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

Police arrested a North Miami man and 4th-grade teacher on Wednesday who they say shot a 16-year-boy near his home.

Frantz Noel, 47, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and tampering with evidence.

Police initially said the boys may have been trying to break into a vacant home next door to Noel's house, but after interviewing witnesses, police decided to arrest Noel.

Noel had told North Miami police that he was home for lunch Wednesday when he heard a noise in the backyard next door to his home in the 1500 block of Northwest 121st Street.

Noel said he went outside to investigate and a struggle ensued between him and two 16-year-old boys. At some point, Noel shot one of the boys in the chest, police said.

Paramedics took the teen to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. His condition was not disclosed.

Miami-Dade Public Schools officials said Frantz is currently employed at Van E. Blanton Elementary as a teacher. He had been with the district for nearly 20 years.

MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho reacted on Twitter writing, “I am very disturbed by this incident and sending my prayers to the young man recovering in the hospital. I am thankful he is expected to survive.”

Noel was being held on a $51,000 bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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