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12/05/07

Hubert Middle School Student Attacks Teacher

SAVANNAH, GA--A Hubert Middle School teacher, Janice West, is recovering tonight after being attacked by an 11-year-old student.

According to the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Public Education Police Department, on Friday the student struck West, a sixth-grade teacher, several times after she tried to break up a fight.

West is okay and recovering at home.

Things at Hubert Middle School maybe be quiet now, but last week it was a much different story.

"Two students got into an altercation the teacher intervened and separated the two students," said Chief Ulysses Bryant with the campus police. "One student continued to be combative and struck the teacher."

And when campus police tried to pull the student off, he continued to show aggression toward the officers.

"It's not tolerated or condoned, and if students continue to behave in this manner, they will face the consequences," said Bryant.

Chief Bryant says in this case, the 11-year-old student will not only be charged with simple battery, but also obstruction.

Alfreda Goldwire is the president of the Federation for Teachers in Savannah. She says, unfortunately this is nothing new. So far this year, she went with four teachers to juvenile court because they were assaulted by students.

"I brought it to the attention of the administrators at 208 Bull Street about discipline in schools," said Goldwire. "Teachers are afraid in the school."

Goldwire says the district needs to make some changes before a teacher or student gets seriously injured.

"Teachers are crying for help and I've expressed that to administrators and nothing is being done," said Goldwire.

District spokesperson Bucky Burnsed says that's not true, and they have a very strong discipline policy.

"If you're going to be disruptive, you're not going to be in the schools," said Burnsed.

That's what's happened. The 11-year-old is now facing expulsion.

"He might be very young and might be immature, but that doesn't excuse the child's behavior one bit," said Bryant.

The 11-year-old is currently at the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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