East Tech Campus school teacher punched in face, knocked unconscious by 16-year-old student suspect

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland Metropolitan School District teacher was punched and knocked unconscious by a student during the first week of school, according to an incident report.

According to the CMSD incident report, at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, an East Tech Campus school teacher was punched in the face and knocked unconscious by a 16-year-old student in the gymnasium.

One of the school's coaches alerted the CMSD police officer inside the school of the attack. The coach said he had witnessed the student running from the building.

The CMSD police officer and coach went after the student, but were initially unable to located him. The officer returned to the school and the coach kept looking. The coach finally located the teen at East 87th Street and Cedar Avenue, but the teen broke free and jumped a fence to get away.

He was later arrested by Cleveland police.

Back at the school, EMS was called and the teacher was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

According to a teacher who witnessed the incident, the victim was struck in the face and fell through a door, smacking his head on the concrete floor. The witness confirmed to police that the teacher was unconscious before he hit the floor.

The student was charged with felonious assault and criminal activity on school property. He had two active felony warrants out for his arrest at the time of the incident.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District released the following statement on Thursday:

"The teacher is recovering from injuries sustained in the incident, and the matter has been referred to the Cleveland Police for investigation and appropriate action.

"It is our hope that the inappropriate behavior of any one student would not reflect negatively on more than 41,000 students who are attending more than 100 CMSD schools and exhibiting positive, respectful behaviors every day.

"CMSD has a zero tolerance for anyone who poses harm or causes harm to any student or staff member in our schools, and students who engage in this type of conduct risk not only expulsion but also civil and criminal charges. We are confident that CPD will investigate the incident thoroughly and, as warranted, pursue the strictest penalties allowed by law."

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