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Police Investigate After Student Claims He Was Attacked By Teacher

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a student claims he was attacked by a teacher at his Washington County school.

"He had his forearm on my throat and he clenched his fist up ready to punch me," said Shemar Fedd.

The 13-year-old says he was attacked by his gym teacher during yoga class at Washington Junior/Senior High School. He said what led to the alleged attack on Tuesday came after he fell against the teacher.

"This kid tripped over, pushed me, knocked me into the gym teacher ... he chased me down, grabbed me, slammed me and started saying all this, 'you don't know who the heck you're dealing with,'" said Shemar.

Shemar's mother says she kept her son home from school because he was so sore from his injuries.

"He's got contusions, like broken blood vessels going down the back of his neck, he's really sore when he makes certain movements with his neck, and his shoulder blade in the back from the contact," said Shemar's mother Roslyen.

The superintendent of the Washington School District said Shemar and the teacher were checked out by the school nurse and the incident is under investigation.

Dr. Roberta DiLorenzo also said the teacher thought Shemar pushed him intentionally, but it has been determined an accident.

"He definitely overreacted by putting his hands on someone else's kid," said Roslyen. "I want him fired."

Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino says investigators are still trying to determine what charges should be filed and that action will be based on whether the teacher was justified in his actions or response, or if there was a use of unreasonable force.

Meantime, the teacher remains suspended with pay.

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