Student charged after assaulting teacher at a Pittsburgh school, police say

PITTSBURGH — A 15-year-old student at Oliver Citywide Academy is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a teacher in the building Thursday morning.

Pittsburgh Public Schools confirmed Thursday that a student was in custody and a teacher was taken to a hospital after the alleged assault at the school, a special education center in the city’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood that serves students in grades 3-12.

Pittsburgh Police said Friday that the 15-year-old male student is facing multiple felony charges and is being held in a juvenile facility in the area.

On Thursday, a Channel 11 crew on the scene saw paramedics loading a female into an ambulance and officers going in and out of the school.

On its website, the school is described as a “highly structured school with a school-wide behavioral management system to support the positive behavioral support plans for each student.” It says the staff is trained in therapeutic crisis interventions.

The school confirmed students are learning remotely Friday, but said it’s due to a staffing shortage.

In January, Marquis Campbell, a 15 year old student, was shot and killed in a van outside the school.

Students of the school will learn remotely next week following the trauma of the situation.

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The Pittsburgh Board of Public Education released a statement saying it “places the highest priority on the safety of students and staff.”

The superintendent of schools, Dr. Wayne Walters, also released a statement and called the incident“an unthinkable act of violence” and that he sent his love and support to the victim.

No one has been arrested in this case.

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