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Attack on teacher reported at New Bedford HS

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -

For the second time in just two months, administrators said a student in New Bedford threw something at a teacher. The second incident happened Tuesday.

In response to the separate incidents, the superintendent addressed all 2,600 students at New Bedford High Wednesday morning to discuss the disturbing problem.

Parents, students, and administrators also came together at New Bedford's Normandin Middle School Wednesday night with the goal of finding solutions.

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is dealing with two cases of students allegedly assaulting teachers, as well as two cases of students assaulting classmates. One student had to be hospitalized.

The teachers union said a girl threw a metal trash can at a female teacher. She wasn't hospitalized but police were called.

"It was a student who was becoming very agitated and making remarks. The teacher did everything possible to calm the student down and unfortunately the student made the wrong choice," Dr. Durkin said.

This incident comes after a YouTube video showed a student throwing a chair at a teacher last month after she confiscated his phone. That student has been expelled.

"When you are in New Bedford, you have a privilege of entering our schools. You lose that privilege if you’re going to make the wrong choices. We want to help the kids make the right choices," Dr. Durkin said.

The superintendent said the teacher hit by the trash can will be able to return to work soon. Meantime, the student who allegedly threw it is not allowed to return for the rest of the school year.


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