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Student accused of attacking Buffalo teacher: Union calls for increased support

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The head of the Buffalo Teachers Union would like to see some changes in city schools in light of a recent attack on a Buffalo school teacher.

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore said a teacher at Highgate Heights Elementary suffered a concussion and bruising after being pushed to the floor and kicked by a student which she had stopped in the hall.

"We have to make sure that our schools are safe havens... so the students and adults that come into the building know it's safe," says Rumore.

"We also have a concern that this child for doing something like this must have some kind of problems.  We can get some assistance for her. Its not a good thing just to put kids out on the street and suspend them if they do something like this. What we have to do is find out what the problem is so that they can get help."

Rumore adds a suspension is necessary to show other students that there is zero tolerance for such behavior.

Rumore says he's noticed more incidents in the last 2 years at the elementary school level. He says he would like to see more security and more guidance counselors and social workers to help prevent such incidents in the future.