Minneapolis student who assaulted teacher’s aide released from jail

“He assaulted someone who in many ways could’ve died."

Edgar Linares
May 24, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Courtesy of WCCO Television via Hennepin County Jail


The student facing felony assault charges related to an alleged attack on a teacher’s aide will be released from the Hennepin County Jail without a bond, but he will have electric monitoring.

Last Tuesday, Cory Burfield of St. Paul was taken into custody after he allegedly attacked teacher’s aide, Mohamed Dukuly, 49.

“He was thrown against a wall and vigorously assaulted,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “We can’t overlook, or excuse such violent behavior in our schools.”

The incident happened at the Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis. The County Attorney’s office says the assault was caught on surveillance video and shows Dukuly lost consciousness at one point while Burfield continued punching him.

By Edgar Linares

Freeman says Dukuly has only one fully functioning arm and was thankful a school resource officer stepped in.

“He assaulted someone who in many ways could’ve died, but for the grace of God he has not,” Freeman said.

Burfield appeared in Hennepin County Court on Thursday— the judge released him without bond. His family left the court and did not speak to reporters.

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff spoke with Dukuly and his family and expressed concern.

“This has been a very difficult situation,” said Graff. “I’m deeply, deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff in Minneapolis Public Schools.”