Saturday, February 06, 2010

Mercer teacher assaulted; student charged

This from Advocate-Messenger:

Police and school officials are investigating after a Mercer County Senior
High School student allegedly punched a teacher Wednesday morning.

Harrodsburg police said the male student was taken into custody and later released to his parents. The student has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening.

Police could not provide any more details to The Advocate-Messenger. Police told WLEX-TV on Wednesday that the student punched the teacher multiple times. The teacher allegedly began defending himself after five or six punches.

The student eventually was restrained by other students and teachers. The teacher was treated by the school nurse and may have bruises on his face, WLEX reported.
Mercer County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton said the school is conducting its own
investigation into the incident, separate from police. The student and teacher had been involved in another incident on Tuesday, when the teacher had tried to get the student and several others to stop throwing snowballs, he said.

Hamilton said the student likely will be suspended pending an investigation, but he could not confirm that that has happened. Mercer High Principal Terry Yates could not be reached for comment before deadline.

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