School police said the teacher was trying to prevent the ninth??grade student from starting a fight with another student, when the student began to punch the teacher repeatedly in the head.

Atlanta teacher sent to hospital after being attacked by student, district says

A fight between two high school students ended up landing a teacher in the hospital Monday after one of the teenagers turned on the educator, school officials said.

The two Douglass High School students were fighting each other until a teacher attempted to break it up, Atlanta Public Schools told Channel 2 Action News. The fight was captured on video uploaded to Instagram.

The video appears to show the student repeatedly punch the teacher, who is on the ground trying to block his head. 


The school district told Channel 2 the student is in ninth grade and was charged with assault by school police. does not identify juveniles unless they’re being charged as adults.

Staff members were able to separate the student from the teacher and stop the assault, the news station reported. The teacher was taken to a hospital to be checked out for minor injuries before being released.

The district sent Channel 2 a statement that said, in part: “Safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in APS.”

The other student involved in the fight is also facing discipline in line with the district’s code of conduct. 

No other information was released.

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