Apparently a teacher and student got into an altercation at Franklin High School last Wednesday. This comes from The Stranger Slog. Here's what the police report said:
[The student] had no pencil and wished to borrow one. As per classroom policy, [the student] had to hand over an item of value as collateral. He gave over his cell phone. He then proceeded to fall asleep in class. When he woke up the pencil had gone from his desk. He went to ask for his phone back anyway. [The teacher] refused. The suspect became very agitated. He demanded his phone back and swept items from the [teacher]'s desk. He then went into the desk drawers and began to look for the phone. The [teacher] took the phone and left the classroom walking toward the office. The [student] followed the [teacher] and kicked her left foot in an attempt to trip her. (boldface theirs)
School security intervened, took statements and called the police. The police say the student, after being read his Miranda rights, did say he tried to trip her and wasn't able to do so. The teacher left for the day after the incident and police were unable to contact her.
First, good for the security folks/administration to call the police. You can't have students intimidate and attempt to hurt teachers. Second, it sounds like the teacher had a fair policy going - you don't bring a pencil to class, to borrow one you have to give up something. Unfortunately, she might have carried it too far (at least with this student). Cell phones are a big deal to teens. I'm not sure why she decided to take the phone and go to the office (I mean I understand her wanting administrative help but clearly this kid was out of control.)
I am in no way blaming the teacher; I myself don't always do well with miffed teens. She was probably just trying to get him to understand that he can't fall asleep in class. It could be a case where he had done this a lot and she thought she could teach him a lesson. As well, it would be good to know what the other students in the class observed.
The student was likely expelled so hopefully the teacher will feel safe to come back to class. I hope the student doesn't have any past history of this so that he can go to a reentry school and finish the school year.