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NB Superintendent Responds to Teacher Assaults

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By: Liz Tufts


Teachers at New Bedford High School say they're being beaten up by students while trying to break up fights. The school superintendent refuses to talk to ABC 6 about the attacks, but after our exclusive report aired last night she  turned to the radio to respond.

Superintendent Pia Durkin appeared on New Bedford's Fun 1.07 this morning after our report aired last night uncovering what many describe as a shocking problem.

23 teachers assaulted inside New Bedford High School last year. Five more teachers this year alone.

"In October and November there were some serious issues with a small group of students and staff members, " says Durkin.

Durkin says the problem is being dealt with by placing ten troubled students in the city's alternative school, but as for the 36 other assaults that happens per the past two years she claims she knows nothing about them.

"I got here last year and don't know I don't have that data in front of me, " says Durkin.

Mayor Jon Mitchell watched our investigation and says even one assault on a teacher is too many. "It does concern me that we have some teachers getting in harms way, "says Mitchell.

Mitchell says the city is working to cut down on the violence.

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