Students attack teacher at Philadelphia high school

A teacher is recovering after he was beaten by three teens at a Philadelphia high school Monday morning, according to investigators.

The attack occurred at George Washington High School on Bustleton Avenue, police said. The 41-year-old teacher was inside his classroom shortly after 10 a.m. when three teen boys arrived at the door. After one of the teens entered the room, the teacher closed the door and locked it so that the other two teens couldn’t get in, according to police.

The teen that went inside then approached a female student, asked her where his phone was and checked through her book bag, investigators said. The teacher then told the teen he was calling police and went to use the classroom security phone. The teen then allegedly ran towards the teacher and pulled the phone from his hand leading to a struggle between the two.

Police say the teen then punched the teacher in the face several times. The other two teens then managed to enter the classroom, according to investigators. The teens allegedly grabbed the teacher, pushed him and held him while the first teen continued to punch him. The teens then fled but were stopped by school security and taken to the school police office, investigators said.

The teacher identified two of the three teens who attacked him, police said. The teacher was then taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital and treated for facial injuries and a possible concussion.

Two of the three teens, ages 16 and 17, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, conspiracy and disorderly conduct.

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