Student charged with punching teacher at Youngstown school

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – A 16-year-old Youngstown boy is in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, where he’s being held after he admitted to punching a teacher.

Police said the assault happened Wednesday morning at the Mahoning Valley Opportunity Center — a community school for students who are struggling academically.

According to reports, the student walked into a classroom, punched the 68-year-old teacher in the face and then threw him to the ground. Police said the teen later admitted to the assault, which was captured on surveillance video, saying that he punched the teacher in the head because he had said “something about his mother.”

“It was all right on camera, right in view. Basically, you saw all the movements. You can see a verbal change and then you see the assault take place,” said Mahoning County Sheriff’s Major Jeff Allen.

The teacher, he said, was shaken up and had to go home for the day, although he was not badly hurt.

The tee appeared late this afternoon in court on a felony charge of assault and will be held in custody until his next hearing.

Investigators say attacks like this are becoming all too common.

“My four years of high school, I never saw a teacher assaulted once… and no I’m seeing it quite often,” Allen said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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