13-Year-Old Accused of Attacking Teacher

APRIL 21, 2006 -- A 13-year-old boy is being held at the juvenile detention center in Cumberland County, accused of attacking his middle-school teacher.

The teacher tried to take the boy to the principal's office for disrupting class, according to the sheriff's office.

The boy didn't want to go to the principal's office and apparently tried to leave school, says sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. When the teacher blocked his path, Tanna says the boy then attacked the woman.

The teacher had bruises to her upper body, and the boy ripped her shirt, Tanna says.

The boy was interviewed Thursday afternoon at the sheriff's office and charged with assault on a public official. His first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Cumberland County schools says the student has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.