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Confrontation in New Jersey high school reportedly turns violent


Every day thousands of teachers and students find themselves in tension-filled situations, but most of the time a solution can be found. However, according to allegations in recent reports out of one New Jersey high school, a troubling situation may have spiraled out of control rather quickly.

The reports indicate that on January 20 a freshman high school student attacked a 62-year-old teacher after the teacher reportedly confronted the student about being disruptive. The student allegedly arrived late to class and was causing a distraction to other students. In fact, the reports state that the student actually sat in the teacher's chair and refused to go to his own seat. The situation escalated quickly at that point, and a fellow student reportedly caught the encounter on video with his cell phone.

The video shows the student "body-slamming" the teacher into the floor. He then appears to continue to hit the teacher while the teacher is on the ground. The attack ends after a fellow student helped to pull the disruptive student off of the teacher. The suspect, a 16-year-old male, was subsequently arrested and charged with third-degree assault. He has obviously also been suspended from school. The video has become the subject of nationwide news coverage.

An attorney at just about any New Jersey criminal defense law firm would probably be able to tell our readers that when there is video of an alleged act of criminal activity, there may be few options for fighting the case, especially when the charge is related to assault and battery. For anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to what this 16-year-old high school student is in, the best option may be to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor.

Source: abc7chicago.com, "NJ student arrested after caught-on-camera attack on teacher," Joe Torres, Jan. 29, 2015

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