Perry High School freshman charged as a juvenile after alleged assault

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A student accused of punching and kicking another student in a Perry High School classroom Monday will be charged with simple assault, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The student's name was not released because he is being charged as a juvenile by school police. Spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said both students are freshmen.

The incident involving the two teenage boys occurred during a class being taught by a substitute teacher and was captured on video, Ms. Pugh said. The footage, which was posted on Facebook, shows one teen repeatedly punching the other, eventually pulling him to the floor and kicking him in the head. A voice in the background urges the assailant to "kill him."

"According to the child's parent, he is exhibiting concussion-like symptoms," Ms. Pugh said in an email.

Ms. Pugh said the incident followed one a week earlier involving the teens.

On March 10, during the same class being taught by the same sub, some students were engaged in horseplay, such as throwing pencils, Ms. Pugh said.

The victim in the Monday incident was not involved in the earlier roughhousing but was hit from behind during it, she said. He then punched a student he thought was responsible -- the aggressor in the Monday incident, she said.

Both students were disciplined following the first fight, Ms. Pugh said. Asked whether the substitute teacher, who called security during both incidents, faced any discipline, she said she was not aware of any pending action.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. First Published March 18, 2014 9:00 AM


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