Students charged in 2 separate incidents at W. Ashley Middle School

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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says three students were charged on Wednesday in two separate incidents at West Ashley Middle School, one of which injured two teachers.

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer responded to West Ashley Middle School on 1776 William Kennerty Dr. in reference to an altercation at the 8th grade hallway. When the officer arrived, he reported seeing several students restraining a 13-year-old boy in a corner.

Police were told that the boy and a 14-year-old girl, who was currently being restrained in a classroom, got into a verbal altercation during which the 13 year old pushed a teacher out of the way in an attempt to hit the girl.

A police report states the girl attempted to hit the boy with a glass coffee mug, but a teacher was able to knock the mug out of the girl's hand before it was thrown.

The officer reported that while attempting to sort out the situation, the boy continued to be aggressive and had to be physically restrained and escorted to another room.

Around the same time another Charleston police officer responded to a separate altercation in a class room. The officer reported seeing several teachers restraining a 14-year-old boy and attempting to calm him down.

A police report states that the boy continued to struggle with teachers and threw a desk and other objects around. The officer said he then grabbed the boy, took him to the ground and handcuffed him. Authorities say the boy continued to kick and struggle.

According to police, several teachers were pushed to the ground during the altercation. Police say two teachers reported having leg pain and were seen by the school nurse.

The officer was told that the incident started when the boy got into a verbal altercation with another student which turned physical. The other student who was involved in that incident was sent to the office.

The officer then had the school nurse check the 14 year old for injuries. No injuries were found on the student.

All three students were charged with disturbing schools and released to their parents.

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