Teen arrested for alleged attack on teacher

Posted: February 13, 2012

A 14-year-old student was arrested Monday after he allegedly assaulted his science teacher during class at Leeds Middle School in East Mt. Airy, school and police officials said.

The eighth-grade science teacher was taken to Einstein Medical Center after the alleged attack and is being treated, said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard. The unidentified teacher had a swollen face, but was conscious and able to walk after the incident, which took place at 8:40 a.m., Gallard said.

"There was a verbal altercation between the teacher and student and it turned into a physical assault by the student," said Gallard, adding that the teacher suffered injuries to the face, but that the full extent of his injuries isn't known.

The argument began after the teacher returned schoolwork back to the students, Gallard said.

School officials called police at 9:30 a.m., said Officer Jill Russell, a police spokeswoman. The student was placed under arrest at the school, on Mt. Pleasant Avenue near Lowber. It is district policy to automatically notify Philadelphia police when a student assaults a school employee, Gallard said.

Leeds has two police officers stationed in the school and those positions will not be affected by the recent announcement of school police cutbacks, Gallard said.

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