Seattle's South Lake High School, which opened in 2008, is billed as an alternative high school for at-risk teens. But based on events at the school Wednesday, it seems it might have recently been home to at least one at-risk teacher. And by "at risk," I mean "at risk of (allegedly) going batshit crazy." According to multiple reports, police were called to the school Wednesday afternoon after a 44-year-old teacher apparently strangled a student who wouldn't stop talking.
Seattle Public Schools officials say the teacher, a male who has yet to be named but has been with the district for 15 years, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Seattle police were called to school, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., at noon for a report of the attack, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.
"The teacher was teaching when the victim and another student were in the back of the classroom talking. He told them to knock it off," Witt said. The teacher then walked up to the student and confronted him, she said.
"The teacher basically grabbed the student by the neck and choked him out," Witt said.
For those playing at home, choking out students is frowned upon. Even in alternative schools.
After police arrived on the scene, the teacher was apparently contacted in the staff lounge. He was subsequently taken in for questioning, arrested, and then released by early afternoon.
South Lake Principal Barbara Moore
The student, after heading to the school nurse's office, was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.
No word yet on whether a personal injury lawyer has contacted the student about suing the pants off everyone involved.
South Lake High School Principal Barbara Moore reportedly sent a letter home to parents, saying in part:
"This type of action is inexcusable, and I want you to know that we take the safety and security of our students very seriously. ...This teacher has been directed to stay away from South Lake High School and not have any contact with District students, staff and parents while the investigation occurs. "
Just another sign that our schools are going soft.