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Video: Teacher punched, thrown to ground by 2 students at St. Paul school

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Two students face criminal charges for their involvement in the latest incident of violence at a St. Paul school.

MPR reports a Como Park Senior High School teacher was injured on Wednesday morning following an altercation with students in which they are alleged to have punched him and thrown him to the ground.

The suspects have not been identified and nobody is in custody at this time, but a St. Paul police spokesman told MPR the suspects will likely be charged out of custody at a later date.

The Star Tribune has identified the teacher as Mark Rawlings, who has worked at the school since 2008 and the district since 1997. He was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment.

Video footage of the incident which was shared on social media, which FOX 9 has included in its news report, with witnesses telling the station the situation occurred when the teacher tried to get two teens out of the classroom.

A freshman witness told the TV station: "The kids came in looking for somebody and he started shoving them and he grabbed one of their arms, and the other one hit him because he was being rough."

Superintendent Valeria Silva sent a statement out to parents saying: "Violent behavior is completely unacceptable and the news of this situation troubles me greatly."

Violence against teachers has been a growing issue in St. Paul schools. There was a spike of attacks in the school district this past October, with six of them happening at Como Park Senior High in the space of just three days.

In December, union leaders for St. Paul teachers threatened to call a strike over concerns for teacher safety, which followed the assault of teacher John Ekblad at Central High School, who suffered brain injuries in the assault.

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