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William R. Peck School, a Holyoke, Massachusetts middle school was placed on lockdown on Friday after a teacher had been assaulted. According to the police report, a middle school student stabbed a teacher in the neck with a screwdriver.
Middle School Student Brough Screwdriver from Home, Authorities Determined
In an interview granted to The Boston Globe, Lieutenant James Albert of the Holyoke Police Department declared that the incident involved an 11-year-old middle school student. The reason behind the student’s attack remains unknown.
According to the police report, on Friday, soon after the class began, the 11-year-old boy removed the screwdriver from his backpack and stabbed his teacher in the neck. The student managed to escape the classroom before the authorities could take him into custody.
Lt. James Albert declared that the wound the unnamed school teacher had sustained during her run-in with the middle school student was non-life-threatening. The school’s nurse treated the wound on site.
An ambulance crew assessed the teacher’s wounds and declared that the screwdriver only nicked the teacher’s throat. Albert said that the woman is lucky to be alive.
Following the 911 call, the William R. Peck School was placed on temporary lockdown. Authorities lifted the lockdown several hours later after the attacker was taken into custody.
A middle school spokesperson declared that the incident upset some of the students who saw or heard about the incident. As a result, the school’s now offering free counseling services.
The middle school students who assaulted the teacher on Friday morning has been charged with assault and battery by a dangerous weapon. His name has not been made public as he could be trialed as a minor.
The teacher recovered from her injury and resumed activity on Monday. Before his trial, the middle school student’s mental condition might be assessed by a court-appointed psychiatrist.
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