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SCAD student assaults teacher, jumps off parking deck at Midtown campus, cops say

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Police are investigating after a Savannah College of Art and Design student assaulted a teacher on the Midtown campus and then jumped from a parking deck Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened at 1611 West Peachtree Street about 4 p.m., Atlanta police told AJC.com. The male student allegedly didn’t return to class after a break, and when the teacher found him, he was “making odd remarks and acting strangely,” police said.

At some point, the student hit the teacher and then went to the third level of the parking deck and jumped to the ground, police said. The student was seriously injured, and the teacher suffered minor injuries.

The teacher told officers she did want to press charges against the student for the assault. The investigation is ongoing.

The university sent a statement to AJC.com that said SCAD is working with authorities and deferred all questions to Atlanta police while the investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday evening, SCAD sent a statement to students that said, in part:

“An incident occurred this afternoon at the Digital Media Center at SCAD Atlanta, in which a student was seriously injured. Emergency vehicles and university staff were on the scene. There is no danger to other students. Out of respect for the family, no further details are available at this time.”

The statement also said students who wish to speak to a counselor can call the university’s office of counseling and student support services at 404-253-3210 during weekday business hours.

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