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Charges: Student kicked, threw school staffer to the ground

The 16-year-old boy is accused of assaulting three staff members last month.

A St. Paul high school student accused of assaulting three staff members has been charged. 

Charges say on the morning of Sept. 11, the 16-year-old boy (he's not being named because he's a juvenile) sucker-punched one staff member, kicked and threw another to the ground, and grabbed a third by the neck. 

And when the school resource officer at Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School responded to the report of an "out of control" student, the teenager yelled at the officer to "shoot him," the complaint says. 

Charges do not name the staff members, but did list some of the injuries they suffered. One – identified as MG in the complaint – was diagnosed with a concussion and a chest contusion. 

Surveillance video from the school showed the student kicking MG in the torso, then chasing her as she tried to run away, charges say. The student then pushed MG against a row of lockers and onto the ground.

The student has been charged with one count each of third-, fourth- and fifth-degree assault.

In a statement to GoMN about the incident, St. Paul Public Schools said: 

"An incident took place on the day in question involving a student in crisis. As staff attended to the student, there was physical contact causing injuries to staff members.

Sadly, this was an unfortunate situation for both the student and the staff. Maintaining a safe learning environment for students and staff is always a top priority for Saint Paul Public Schools."

Violence in Minnesota schools

The St. Paul Public School district has been working to make schools safer for students and staff in recent years after a string of assaults on teachers in 2015

A recent report on violence in schools found that in 2015, there were 34 fourth-degree assault cases in Ramsey County schools. That's more than double the number there were in 2014. 

A Bureau of Justice Statistics report released last year shows 6.5 percent of teachers at public schools in Minnesota said they had been physically attacked by a student during the 2011-12 school year (the most recent year of data available).

This was above the national average of 5.8 percent.

And 11.4 percent of teachers in Minnesota public schools said they had been threatened by a student during that same school year.

That’s above the national average of 10 percent, and was the highest percentage ever for the survey, which has been done every four years since the 1999-2000 school year.

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