Friday, February 8, 2019




NFA student charged with assaulting teacher, sending him to the hospital

NEWBURGH – A teacher assigned to the Newburgh Free Academy main campus cafeteria was attacked by a student and sent to the hospital with injuries. The student was subsequently arrested.

“There was a student throwing objects at students that were seated in the cafeteria,” wrote Raul Rodriguez, co-principal in a confidential memo obtained by Mid-Hudson News. “A teacher approached the student and addressed the negative behavior. The teacher then attempted to direct the student out of the cafeteria. The student became angry and physically assaulted the teacher. Thankfully, the teacher was not seriously harmed.”

Rodriguez wrote the student was suspended with a superintendent’s hearing pending. The student was also arrested and now faces felony charges for assaulting a school official, the co-principal wrote.

“The student’s behavior was reprehensible,” Rodriguez wrote. “We will not tolerate these dangerous actions and will do all that it takes to maintain a safe environment for everyone.”

In a video of the incident captured on a a witness' phone, a student can be seen picking up the teacher and slamming him to the floor.

  Newburgh Teachers Association President Stacy Moran had “no comment about that at this time.”


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