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Teen pleads guilty in assault of St. Paul high school teacher


A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Como Park High School teacher during an incident that was caught on camera in March.

The teenager was one of two students charged in March after an altercation at the St. Paul school left the teacher with a concussion and a head wound.

The teen who pleaded guilty Tuesday did so to charges of fifth-degree assault (a misdemeanor), a Ramsey County Attorney's Office spokesperson told BringMeTheNews.

The other boy's case is still pending, with a court date set for May 13, the spokesperson said.

The assault

The incident occurred on March 9, after the two 16-year-olds disrupted teacher Mark Rawling's classroom, the juvenile petition filed in court says. (Note: BringMeTheNews generally does not name juveniles charged with a crime.)

The boys were not students in the class – the assistant principal told officers that the boys entered the classroom planning to assault another student who had sold them poor quality marijuana, according to the petition.

Police say as Rawlings tried to "gently escort" the boys out of his classroom, he lightly touched the suspect's shoulder, and the boy punched him in the chin, the petition says.

Video that appears to show the incident was posted online.

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