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BUFFALO TEACHER IS HURT TRYING TO BREAK UP A FIGHT

A teacher remained in Buffalo General Hospital Tuesday night with injuries suffered when she was kicked and punched Monday while trying to break up a fight between two students at the Lorraine Academy in South Buffalo, authorities said.

Beverly Piccillo, 43, of Amherst, whose condition was listed as fair, was kicked several times in the body and punched in the head by two 13-year-old boys who also kicked a second teacher, according to school officials. Police said she suffered a fracture in her back, trauma to her head and abdominal injuries.

Both youths have been suspended from school and face a superintendent's hearing, district officials said. It has not yet been determined if charges will be filed. If they were adults, the youths could be charged with second-degree assault.

The fight started at 9:45 a.m. in a music class, said Rita Eisenbeis, school principal.

The music teacher was also kicked, but not seriously injured, when he tried to break up the fight. He summoned Ms. Piccillo because the boys were in her special-education class, Mrs. Eisenbeis said.

"They were fighting because one of the boys was insulting the other boy's mother," the principal said.

Ms. Piccillo declined to comment.

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