Middletown teacher on leave while police investigate incident at middle school


UPDATE: After investigation, Lower Swatara Township police have decided there are no criminal charges or juvenile allegations warranted regarding this incident.

WARNING: Video contains violence

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) — A teacher at Middletown Area Middle School is on paid leave while authorities investigate the handling of a physical altercation between two students.

Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski said the district has received reports that the teacher may have interceded in an inappropriate manner.

Suski said the physical altercation occurred after dismissal Friday. The teacher was on bus duty and stepped in to separate the two students.

On Monday, the district was informed of a video of the incident that was posted to social media. The district also received reports of the teacher’s actions during the incident for the first time, Suski said in a statement.

“Based upon these new reports, the district has continued its investigation of this incident and has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave pending a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident,” the statement reads.

Lower Swatara Township police are investigating the incident and reviewing the video.

“All we know is what we can see on the video, so leading up to it, that’s what we’re investigating, that’s what we’re trying to get the bottom of,” police Chief Jeffrey Vargo said.

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