Teen charged with striking a teacher

March 17, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 16-year-old Atholton High School student was charged with assaulting a teacher who had told him to return inside the building yesterday afternoon, Howard County police said.

The Columbia youth, whose name is protected under juvenile laws, was released into the custody of his parents, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman.

The teacher, Reginald Hahne of Columbia, was not seriously injured.

Mr. Hahne, 41, teaches computer and business courses at Atholton High in the 6500 block of Freetown Road in Columbia's Hickory Ridge Village.

According to police, Mr. Hahne approached the youth as he stood outside the school shortly after noon. When the teacher told the youth to go back inside the school, the two began to quarrel, police reported.

Police said the youth struck Mr. Hahne with his fist and other teachers ran up and restrained him. The youth was taken to the principal's office, where school administrators called police, Sergeant Keller said.

Officers arrived five minutes later and charged the youth at the school, police said.

Any student who assaults a teacher faces a five-day suspension by the principal and then can be suspended for 45 days or the remainder of the semester by the school superintendent, according to county school guidelines.

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