"A Cleveland High School teacher had to get four stitches at Swedish Hospital earlier this week after a student beat him, police said.
School staff called the student's father to pick him up, but didn't immediately report the alleged assault to police, a police report shows.
The assault happened about 9 a.m. Monday after the teacher told the student to complete his work. The student refused and began to rip up papers.
The student, 15, tried to remove the teacher's laptop and without warning slapped the teacher in the face, police said."
The teen allegedly admitted hitting the teacher because he wanted the instructor "out of his personal space."As I have said before, there are probably low-grade incidents of aggression at many SPS high schools and middle schools every week. This is not one of those.
What is interesting to me is that a previous event a couple of weeks go where a student threw a teacher's desk belongings around and then tried to trip the teacher had some here saying, well, he didn't hurt her. But, he meant to. If he had tripped her and she cracked her head on a desk, she could have been seriously hurt. This incident is almost of the same nature except that the teacher did get hurt.
So this student has a "emergency expulsion" for now. The school did not call the police (at least not while the student was at school). They called for the student's father who picked up his son. The police were either notified by the victim at the hospital or by school staff after the student went home.
I sincerely hope it was by the school who might have been trying to calm the situation by just letting the student go home and have him arrested there. I don't know. But if the victim had to call the police, that would be bad. Teachers have to know they are protected and back up by the school if a student tries to endanger a teacher.
I think this really points to the need for a clearer explanation from the district to all parents and staff about what happens (should happen?) to students in these cases. There is a district booklet that details their discipline policies but it seems like many incidents get handled on a school-by-school and then case-by-case basis. I honestly think there has to be a line where all cases get handled the same way. Assault is one of them.
Sadly, there was also this in the story:
"Seattle Public Schools administrators have failed to call police for several serious incidents in the past, including a 2007 incident in which a developmentally delayed high school girl said she was sexually assaulted in a school bathroom."
SPS hurts itself by not having clear directions on what teachers and administrators are to do in these cases.