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April 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Seattle teacher arrested for allegedly choking student

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A teacher at a South Seattle alternative high school was arrested this afternoon after he allegedly “slapped and strangled” a student, according to Seattle police.

The 44-year-old teacher at South Lake High School has been placed on administrative leave, according to Seattle Public Schools. District officials declined to name the man, who has been at the school for 15 years.

Seattle police were called to school, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., at noon for a report of the attack, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

“The teacher was teaching when the victim and another student were in the back of the classroom talking. He told them to knock it off,” Witt said. The teacher then walked up to the student and confronted him, she said.

“The teacher basically grabbed the student by the neck and choked him out,” Witt said.

When police arrived the 17-year-old student was in the school nurse’s office. He was then taken to a local hospital, police said.

Officers contacted the teacher in the school’s staff lounge. He was taken to the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct for questioning. Witt said that he has been arrested and is expected to be released.

In a letter sent to families of students today, South Lake Principal Barbara Moore explained that the teacher was placed on administrative leave “while the Seattle Police Department investigates allegations that he grabbed and slapped a student.”

“This type of action is inexcusable, and I want you to know that we take the safety and security of our students very seriously,” Moore wrote. “This teacher has been directed to stay away from South Lake High School and not have any contact with District students, staff and parents while the investigation occurs.”

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