Student charged with punching teacher at Youngstown school

Police said the assault happened Wednesday morning at the Mahoning Valley Opportunity Center

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A 16-year-old Youngstown boy is in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, where he’s being held after he admitted to punching a teacher.

Police said the assault happened Wednesday morning at the Mahoning Valley Opportunity Center — a community school for students who are struggling academically.

According to reports, the student walked into a classroom, punched the 68-year-old teacher in the face and then threw him to the ground. Police said the teen later admitted to the assault, which was captured on surveillance video, saying that he punched the teacher in the head because he had said “something about his mother.”

“It was all right on camera, right in view. Basically, you saw all the movements. You can see a verbal change and then you see the assault take place,” said Mahoning County Sheriff’s Major Jeff Allen.

The teacher, he said, was shaken up and had to go home for the day, although he was not badly hurt.

The teen appeared late this afternoon in court on a felony charge of assault and will be held in custody until his next hearing.

Investigators say attacks like this are becoming all too common.

“My four years of high school, I never saw a teacher assaulted once… and now I’m seeing it quite often,” Allen said.

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