December 20, 2014

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Two students in Elyria, one in Lorain accused of recent assaults on teachers

Two boys are accused of attacking their teachers in two separate incidents Wednesday, police say.

The boys, ages 11 and 15, each were charged with felony assault after the incidents at two different schools.

In the first incident, the 15-year-old is accused of shoving Elyria High School teacher Kevin Houchins, who asked him to pick up trash from the lunchroom floor about 12:30 p.m., according to an Elyria police report.

The boy also threatened Houchins and used profanity before bolting for the door, where he pushed security Officer Lorraine Krause, the report said.

Vice Principal Elsa Manco said the boy would be suspended for 10 days and recommended for expulsion.

About 10 minutes later and 2½ miles away, at the Education Alternatives School, an 11-year-old boy jumped on his desk, picked up a plastic pencil holder and began waving it around like a knife, according to a police report.

The boy then raised a pencil over his head and moved toward teacher Lorrie Buchdrucker, making stabbing motions and spitting on her, the report said.

While he was being restrained, the boy kicked, punched and scratched Buchdrucker and teachers Sue Tressel and Bevin Schenk, the report said.

It was the 11-year-old’s first day back in the class since he had been removed for previous violent behavior, the teacher told Elyria police.

The child was charged with three counts of felonious assault — one for each teacher injured in the scuffle — and taken to the county juvenile detention home.

In addition to the two incidents Wednesday, Lorain police released a report Thursday detailing an Oct. 5 attack on a teacher at Southview High School.

Teacher Rosemary Reed said a 16-year-old male student called her ugly, used a racial slur against her, made a sexual comment and made other insults in class, according to the report.

She told police she was afraid the student would hit her, and she feared for the safety of the rest of the class, according to the report.

Southview Principal Marilyn Stano said the boy had been warned previously about his behavior. Police said the boy was released back to the school staff when the juvenile detention home did not accept him.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.