St. Paul teacher suffered 'traumatic brain injury' in attack


The teacher attacked by students at St. Paul Central High School on Friday suffered a traumatic brain injury, with one of their attackers now facing a felony charge.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that he is "deeply troubled" by the attack, in which the teacher was slammed against a wall, put in a stranglehold, and then thrown onto a table and the floor.

Choi's office announced Tuesday afternoon that a 16-year-old boy has been charged with one count of felony assault, one count of gross misdemeanor assault and one count of obstruction of legal process – also a gross misdemeanor.

The boy's 15-year-old brother is alleged to have attacked an assistant principal, who was attempting to break up the incident. He was charged Monday with gross misdemeanor assault.

The injured teacher was hospitalized following the incident with what the attorney's office describe as a traumatic brain injury. It was reported on Monday that the teacher lost consciousness during the attack.

It is the 27th case Ramsey County has handled this year relating to students attacking school officials – almost double last year.

"I am deeply troubled by this case and what it represents: an alarming increase in violence perpetrated by students against school officials throughout Ramsey County," Choi said. "We cannot and will not tolerate this type of behavior in any of our schools. As a community, we must recognize that schools cannot address this behavior alone. We all need to start paying attention to what is happening in our schools and question how we are raising our children as a community."

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