Saturday, February 9, 2019




NFA student charged with assault in attack on teacher


NEWBURGH – City Police in Newburgh charged a at the Newburgh Free Academy main campus with felony second-degree assault in connection with an attack on a male teacher Thursday afternoon that sent the educator to the hospital.

Around 2 p.m., the lone teacher in the cafeteria, where there are supposed to be several, attempted to have Torrence Melvin, 17, leave the room because he was throwing objects at other students. Melvin picked up the teacher and slammed him to the floor.          

In a memo obtained by Mid-Hudson News, high school Co-Principal Raul Rodriguez said Melvin was suspended pending a superintendent’s hearing.

“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.”

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

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