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Male Teacher Is Attacked At SE School

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, December 11, 2004; Page B03

A teacher at a junior high school in the District was injured yesterday when he was attacked at the school by two students, authorities said.

The attack occurred about 2:45 p.m. at Johnson Junior High School on Bruce Place SE, according to accounts from the police department and the school system. It appeared to be the first incident of its kind in the city's public schools this academic year.

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The male teacher suffered what a school system spokeswoman described as a gash on the forehead and was taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Custody orders, which call for the students to be detained, were issued after the attack, according to Roxanne Evans, a spokeswoman for the school system. It was not clear last night whether the students had been taken into custody.

There was no indication last night that any weapon was used in the attack, and few details about the incident were available immediately.

Information about the teacher's background could not be learned, and it was unclear where in the school the attack occurred.

The only information available about the students was that both boys are in seventh grade.

D.C. police said the incident was under investigation.

Evans said she did not know whether a school security officer was on duty at Johnson when the incident occurred.

She also said a new school safety plan calls for presence of a safety officer at all of the system's secondary schools.

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