Reporting Beth Germano
HAVERHILL (CBS) – A sixth grade female student was arrested and removed from a Haverhill middle school after police say she attacked her teacher with a pair of scissors.
The alleged incident happened just before the close of school at the John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School. Superintendent James Scully said the teacher could feel the scissors on her back but they did not penetrate the clothing.
“When the teacher’s back was towards her, she took the scissors and tried to assault the teacher from the rear. The teacher did feel there was an instrument in her back,” said Scully.
The student was arrested and escorted from the school. Classmates say they’ve had run-ins with her before, and the superintendent said the teacher had been working with the student on some “difficulties.”
“I would be worried for my own safety if she got really mad,” said sixth grader Hannah Guzman.
By calling in police the school says it followed protocol, and according to the superintendent, will hold the student accountable for her alleged actions. “The volatility of what the child has that would set them off is so scary,” said parent Sandy Forissi.
It’s unclear what provoked the alleged attack leading to the suspension of the student for now. “She tried to attack them with scissors, that’s like attacking with a knife and you could seriously hurt someone,” said student Connor Ferguson.