NISD instructor allegedly assaulted middle school student with autism

A Northside ISD instructional assistant is no longer employed with the school district after he was arrested by San Antonio police. Jacob Hallam, 20, was arrested and charge Thursday, May 9 with four counts of injury to a child-disabled individual, according to Bexar County court records. Hallam is accused of assaulting a Connally Middle School student with autism who is non-verbal. 

The alleged incidents occurred in February and were investigated by the NISD Police Department, according to an arrest affidavit. Court records say Hallam was seen on classroom camera footage allegedly grabbing a 13-year-old student by the cheeks and shaking their head side to side, leaving marks on the student’s cheeks. 

Hallam can allegedly be heard slapping the student and then seen on camera hitting the student on the back of the head multiple times with a fist and then the side of the student’s head. The arrest affidavit mentions another incident where Hallam allegedly shoves the student into a wall and punches them in the throat. 

Hallam’s bond was set at a total of $60,000 and court records say he was released on bond. Barry Perez, spokesperson for NISD, told MySA that Hallam was hired in August 2023 resigned from his position in March as NISD police opened their investigation after the parents of the student reported their concerns to the district. 

Perez says the investigation is still ongoing. 

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