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Student recorded incident on video

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A New Bedford teacher who had a chair thrown at her by a student now says her job is in jeopardy.

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High school teacher Joanne Maura said she received a letter from administrators telling her she failed to preform her “responsibilities as a teacher at New Bedford High School” and could be terminated.

“I feel like I’ve been assaulted again,” she said.

The letter said she did not inform the administration of the nature, details and severity of the incident.

Marua told NewsCenter 5 that after the student threw the chair at her, other teachers ran to the room, along with an administrator and the school resource officer.

Another student in the classroom was recording the outburst and posted it on YouTube.

Maura said she took the student’s phone away during class and he began yelling at her to return it.

The video shows the student pick up the chair and hurl it toward the teacher.

It smashed against her desk.

The superintendent would not comment on the details of the investigation.



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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.
At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said.
The rampage — which came after decades in which U.S. schools geared much of their emergency planning toward mass shootings, not stabbings — set off a screaming stampede, left blood on the floor and walls, and brought teachers rushing to help the victims.
The motive was under investigation.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released by police, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound. Late in the afternoon, he was brought into court in shackles and a hospital gown to face charges.
The attack unfolded in the morning just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School, in an upper-middle-class area 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It was over in about five minutes, during which the boy ran wildly down about 200 feet of hallway, slashing away with knives about 8 to 10 inches long, police said.
Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the boy tackle and stab a freshman. He said he going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed his face, opening a wound that required 11 stitches.
“It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead,” he said.
The attacker “had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part,” Moore said. “He wasn’t saying anything. He didn’t have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression.”
Assistant Principal Sam King finally tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a Murrysville police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him, police said.
Doctors said they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep abdominal puncture wounds in some cases.
King’s son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities have said he did not suffer any knife wounds.
“He says he’s OK. He’s a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he’s OK,” Zack King said. He added: “I’m proud of him.”
 As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect received or made the call.
“There are a number of heroes in this day. Many of them are students,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a visit to the stricken town. “Students who stayed with their friends and didn’t leave their friends.”
He also commended cafeteria workers, teachers and teacher’s aides who put themselves at risk to help during the attack.
While several bloody stabbing rampages at schools in China have made headlines in the past few years, schools in the U.S. have concentrated their emergency preparations on shooting rampages.
Nevertheless, there have been at least two major stabbing attacks at U.S. schools over the past year, one at a community college in Texas last April that wounded at least 14 people, and another, also in Texas, that killed a 17-year-old student and injured three others at a high school in September.
 On Wednesday, Mia Meixner, 16, said the rampage touched off a “stampede of kids” yelling, “Run! Get out of here! Someone has a knife!”
The boy had a “blank look,” she said. “He was just kind of looking like he always does, not smiling, not scowling or frowning.”
Meixner and Moore called the attacker a shy boy who largely kept to himself, but they said he was not an outcast and they saw no indication he might be violent.
“He was never mean to anyone, and I never saw people be mean to him,” Meixner said. “I never saw him with a particular group of friends.”
Michael Float, 18, said he had just gotten to school when he saw “blood all over the floor” and smeared on the wall near the main entrance. Then he saw a wounded student.
“He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, `Help! Help!”‘ Float said. “He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down.”
Float said he saw a teacher applying pressure to the wound of another student.
About five minutes elapsed between the time the campus police officer summoned help over the radio at 7:13 a.m. and the boy was disarmed, the police chief said.
Someone, possibly a student, pulled a fire alarm during the attack, Seefeld said. Although that created chaos, the police chief said, it emptied out the school more quickly, and “that was a good thing that that was done.”
Also, a girl with “an amazing amount of composure” applied pressure to a schoolmate’s wounds and probably kept the victim from bleeding to death, said Dr. Mark Rubino at Forbes Regional Medical Center.
Public safety and school officials said an emergency plan worked as well as could be expected. The district conducted an emergency exercise three months ago and a full-scale drill about a year ago.
“We haven’t lost a life, and I think that’s what we have to keep in mind,” said county public safety spokesman Dan Stevens.

Assailant taken into custody after search

Methuen Police

METHUEN, Mass. — A Methuen High School student was stabbed Tuesday in the parking lot of the school.

Massachusetts State Police searched a wooded area near the school for the suspect, who is a former student. The person was taken into custody.

Methuen Police Department Chief Joseph Solomon said there is no danger to the public.

The victim was taken to Holy Family Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more information when it becomes available.

Tyler Zanco, 17, identified as shooting victim

WALTHAM, Mass. — A Waltham High School student was shot to death around 10:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Gardencrest Apartment complex at 31 Middlesex Circle, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said.

Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The School Department confirmed that Zanco is a high school student, but could not give his grade.  Zanco was a member of the high school wrestling team.

“This is very tragic for the family and the city,” Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy said. “The school department took the appropriate steps for the students and district. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family.”

No arrests have been made, but the district attorney’s office said that “authorities do not believe this was a random attack.”

Police say victim was trying to break up fight
Police generic lights sirens

BROCKTON, Mass. — A man has been convicted of killing a Massachusetts high school football star at a house party nearly seven years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Andre Brewer of Randolph was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder and weapons charges after a five-day trial in Brockton Superior Court. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Brewer shot 17-year-old Jose Gurley outside a house party in July 2007. Gurley was found lying in the roadway. He died about three hours later at a hospital. Police said Gurley may have been trying to break up a gang fight.

Gurley was a star player on the West Bridgewater High School football team who helped lead the team to a state championship.

Brewer was arrested in 2011 after police said several witnesses identified him. His attorney questioned the evidence.

Police say teacher hugged, kissed student at high school
Paul Blanc

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — A former Somersworth math teacher has been charged with assault after he was accused of hugging and kissing a student.

Paul Blanc, 40, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of simple assault. Police said the former Somersworth High School teacher hugged a student, kissed her on the neck and then kissed her on the hand.

Police said the incident happened at the high school on Jan. 27. Blanc resigned earlier this month while the investigation was underway.

The charges are misdemeanors that could each result in up to one year in jail and fines.

Blanc was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 6.

Andrew Legassie accused of sending photos to students

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man who worked as a referee at Aroostook County high school basketball games has been charged with sending sexually explicit photos to students he met while officiating.

The sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Andrew Legassie has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor indecent conduct.

Police started investigating after parents and school officials told them a high school girl had received sexually explicit images from someone.

Police allege Legassie sent Facebook friend requests to high school students he met at games. He allegedly engaged them in increasingly inappropriate Facebook conversations that progressed to him sending inappropriate pictures of himself.

He is scheduled to appear in Fort Kent District Court on April 7. Police have seized his phone and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

Tina Lancelota, 101, gets high school diploma

Lancelota left school to help family during Great Depression

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WOBURN, Mass. —File this under the “it’s never too late” category: Eighty-three years after she was supposed to graduate, Woburn’s Tina Lancelota, 101, finally received her high school diploma.

Lancelota, donning a cap and gown, received her diploma from Woburn High School at a special ceremony before the school’s annual Jingle Bell Rock concert on Friday.

Lancelota would have graduated in 1930, but she left in her sophomore year to help support her parents and eight siblings. Like so many other families, hers was struggling during the Great Depression.

“It was tough. I had to get a job — $12 dollars a week, 40 hours in a chocolate factory,” she said.

“My mother’s been waiting for this since I was little. I heard about it and heard about it, and now she’s finally got it. I’m happy about it, and we’re going to celebrate some more,” said her daughter, Joan Bianco


Five generations of the family were represented, including two great-great grandchildren.

So what does Lancelota plan to do now that she has her diploma?

“I’m going to get a good job,” she said.


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