A Lackawanna High School student was charged with misdemeanor assault Thursday after she allegedly hit a teacher in the face, knocking her down and apparently causing her to suffer a concussion.
Karen Kinsley, a special education teacher, told police she approached Latoya West in the cafeteria because of her disruptive behavior shortly before 11 a.m.
"The teacher asked her to come to the office. She refused," Lt. Carl Morgan said.
Ms. Kinsley told police that Ms. West turned around and hit her in the face as she touched her arm.
Ms. Kinsley hit her head against the floor or a door frame and was knocked unconscious for a time, police said.
She was treated at Mercy Hospital and later released.
Ms. West, 17, of Bauder Street, Lackawanna, was arraigned in Lackawanna City Court on third-degree assault charges and released from the Erie County Holding Center after posting $350 bail.
School Superintendent Nellie B. King said Ms. West has been suspended for five days in line with the district's policies and that a superintendent's hearing will be scheduled soon with Ms. West and her parents.
Mrs. King said she has not yet fully determined what happened. She said she plans to launch an investigation of the incident today.
"In my 28 years in the district, we have never had an incident like this where a student struck a teacher," she said.