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District officials respond to teacher attacks


Recent reports of student violence against teachers in Buffalo Public Schools are drawing attention to the district's student suspension policy.

On Wednesday, a second-grader kicked a teacher in the head at Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet Early Childhood Center. The female teacher suffered a concussion.

Later on Wednesday, a Riverside social studies teacher was kicked in the head while restraining a female student involved in an altercation. A knife with a ten-inch blade was later found on the student.

A Riverside teacher told the Buffalo News that the district movement to reduce suspensions has emboldened student disregard for authority.

In a written statement, the district said it is conducting a full investigation into the incidents and called the acts "unacceptable and unjustifiable."

Here is the full statement issued by the Buffalo School District:

The District has clear standards for student conduct and finds any act of violence unacceptable and unjustifiable.  Students who engage in such acts face consequences according to New York State Education law, local law enforcement, and district policies.  Accordingly, we are conducting a full investigation of recent incidents.

At the same time, we are deeply committed to providing students with the interventions they need to be successful in school and to live peaceably within their school community.

We provide intervention for all students at every grade level throughout the District in order to promote appropriate behavior, thereby reducing the number of student suspensions.  However, after an act of misconduct occurs, we adhere to the District Code of Conduct to determine the appropriate consequence in each case.