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Student charged, teacher under investigation after fistfight

Student charged, teacher under investigation after fistfight”

A Philadelphia high school student is facing charges after video emerged of the boy getting into a violent fight with his teacher. That's when the student threw the first punch.

"I don't think (the teacher) was trying to swing", said Austin Augustine, a senior at Lincoln High School.

A crowd of about two dozen people looked to have watched.

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Philadelphia Police charged the 16-year-old with aggravated assault.

The 16-year-old boy was late to class leading to a dispute with a 44-year-old teacher, according to investigators. It didn't work. He then went to neighboring classroom and was again confronted in hallway.

Police told NBC10 however that the fight began after the teen punched the teacher in the face.

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The superintendent for Philadelphia schools, Dr. William Hite said he hadn't seen the video.

"We take the safety of our students and our teachers very seriously", he said in a statement. We are not releasing the teacher's name because he hasn't been formally charged. When I came from the old school, we listened at the teacher and we did what we had to do. The teacher suffered a wound in the assault that required stitches.

The Philadelphia School District is working with Philadelphia Police and also conducting their own investigation on the incident.

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