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Juvenile Attacks Teacher in Classroom

November 5th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

A 15-year-old high school student is charged with aggravated battery of a school official, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Larkin High School student walked into a classroom on October 24th during a break and attacked a 51-year-old male teacher. He knocked the teacher on to the ground and punched him in the face many times, the officials say.

There were other students in the classroom who managed to stop the attacker and then called for help. The violent student was taken away by the school’s resource officer and dean’s office employees, and eventually he was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center. The teacher is recovering from his minor injuries in a hospital.

In addition to the charges, the aggressive student might face suspension or expulsion from the school.”This is a senseless act of violence toward another person,” said John Heiderscheidt, District U-46 safety coordinator, who was unable to provide a motive for the attack. “There really is no explanation.” This is the first time the student has committed a crime.

A similar incident took place at Elgin High School in 2008. A female teacher was stabbed by a juvenile, resulting in blindness in her other eye. The perpetrator was convicted later of first-degree attempted murder and is still in prison. That incident resulted in a new law that requires police to alert school officials when a student is being investigated.

In a case like this, and especially when the juvenile is a first-time offender, an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. It is possible that all of the charges can be dropped or significantly reduced. Contact a capable Illinois juvenile crime attorney today, and get your child’s life back on track.

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