NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A New Bedford teacher who had a chair thrown at her by a student now says her job is in jeopardy.
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.
BOSTON — Three pedestrians were struck by a car and injured at Logan Airport just before 5 p.m.
The incident took place at Terminal C Wednesday, Massachusetts State Police said. Several ambulances were called, but there was no immediate word on the severity of the injuries.
NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more details on this breaking story.
BOSTON — Police in Florida are investigating an incident that left a Medford man seriously injured.
Fort Lauderdale police said a witness reported seeing a man jump or get pushed from a moving car near Viramar Street and North Atlantic Boulevard about 1:40 a.m. on March 6.
The man, identified as Daniel Flynn, 29, of Medford, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and remains in critical condition, police said.
The witness was unable to provide police with a description of the car, but said it continued southbound on North Atlantic Avenue after the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Fort Lauderdale police at 954-828-4018.
KENNEBUNK, Maine —A Maine student was injured Friday morning when the iPhone in her pants’ pocket caught fire.
Kennebunk Middle School Principal Jeff Rodman said the 13-year-old girl sat down in a classroom and heard a pop, and smoke began billowing from the back of her pants.
Rodman said three of her classmates came to her aid as her pants caught on fire.
One of the students went to get teachers who brought a blanket and an extinguisher to try to put out the fire, according to Rodman.
As they helped the girl get her pants off, the cellphone fell out of her pocket.
The school initiated a hold-in-place for about 20 minutes
Emergency crews arrived and took the girl to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, where she was treated for first- and second-degree burns.
Rodman sent a letter to parents of students informing them of the situation.
BOSTON — Transit police are trying to identify a man they say committed a lewd act while on an inbound commuter rail train from Rockport Station last week.
Police said the incident happened at about 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 18 after the man boarded at Gloucester or West Gloucester station. Witnesses said he got off the train at Beverly or Swampscott station.
MBTA police did not offer details about what the man was specifically accused of doing.
The man is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall with a slim build. The man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a flat brimmed baseball hat and had a dark purple backpack.
Anyone with information about the man or incident is asked to contact police at 617-222-1050, or via anonymous text at 873873 or through the SeeSay app.
BOSTON —A man who allegedly carjacked a medical student on a Boston street appeared in court Friday.
Joel Cartagena, 36, was accused of grabbing Tiffany Chau’s hair on a street in the South End at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday and threw her into the passenger seat. He then drove off, but crashed the Honda Civic a couple of blocks away.
Surveillance video shows Chau going into a restaurant, where she sought help. Police said a witness helped chase Cartagena down. Chau suffered minor injuries.
Jacob Wheeler witnessed the crash and saw the man flee the Civic.
“(The assailant) came right toward me and I asked if he needed help and was there anyone in the car. He just took off sprinting,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler was also was one of the first people to tend to Chau.
“She said she had been carjacked and her nose started bleeding,” Wheeler said. “She was really shaken when we got her into the restaurant.”
Cartagena was held on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, where he faced eight charges.
While processing Chau’s car, Boston police said they found a Visa card belonging to a man who had been robbed in Jamaica Plain. During the booking process, a Citi MasterCard belonging to the same man was recovered from Cartagena’s clothing, police said.
Cartagena’s role in that robbery, if any, is under investigation, police said.
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