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Teacher at another St. Paul high school reports being hit by student


A teacher at Johnson High School in St. Paul who says he was hit in the head from behind by a student this month has filed a police report.

FOX 9 says a statement from the school district confirmed police are investigating the incident in which the teacher said he intervened in a fight between two girls when another student, a 16-year-old boy, punched him.

According to the Star Tribune, the teacher – John Fischbach – told police he was not injured but felt the contact was offensive.

A police spokesman says the 16-year-old has denied hitting Fischbach, the Pioneer Press reports.

Fischbach's police report was filed Friday – the same day two teenagers were charged with assaulting a teacher at Como Park High School on March 9.

In December John Ekblad, a teacher at Central High School, was attacked by a student while trying to break up a fight in the lunchroom. The student later pleaded guilty to assault and Ekblad, who sustained a brain injuriy, is now suing St. Paul Public Schools.

Are St. Paul schools more dangerous than others?

A third police report in four months detailing an attack on a teacher will not help the image of St. Paul Public Schools.

But Superintendent Valeria Silva insists that discipline and safety issues in St. Paul are not very different than in other large urban districts.

That's what Silva told MinnPost in an interview last week.

On Monday morning (before news of the Johnson High incident had been reported) Silva told MPR News:

"We don't have much more violence, but we have had high-profile cases in which unfortunately teachers have been involved. And that's really unfortunate, because we all want to go to work and feel safe."

After the December attack on Ekblad at Central, the St. Paul teachers union made school safety a priority in contract talks with the district. The contract agreement that the school board will vote on next week includes money to hire more counselors, social workers, and nurses in hopes of improving safety.

In January the district also rolled out an initiative that assigned administrators to help with safety at schools where the needs are greatest.

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