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A West Hertel Academy teacher was taken to a hospital by ambulance this morning after a heated argument with a substitute teacher about another teacher who had crossed the picket line last week during the teachers strike.

Authorities did not know exactly what happened to Charles Carey but said they believed it might have been related to a health condition.

School officials were quick to point out that Carey was not injured in the confrontation.

"There was absolutely no fight," said William Jackson, head of security for Buffalo Public Schools.

"Witness accounts support the fact that there were no blows between the two parties," said Andrew Maddigan, spokesman for the city school system. Maddigan added that no one has claimed that the teacher had been injured in any way during the argument.

School officials said the argument involved a teacher who crossed the picket line Thursday.

"It understandably created some animosity among the teachers at West Hertel Academy," Maddigan said.

This morning, Floyd Myers, a substitute teacher identified by school officials as the boyfriend of the woman who had crossed the picket line, entered the building and became engaged in an argument with several teachers, including Carey.

At one point, Carey put his hand on Myers' arm, according to Maddigan. When Myers asked Carey to remove his hand, tempers escalated.

"At that point, individuals got between the two parties and separated them," Maddigan said.

About half an hour later, another teacher went to the office to request an ambulance for Carey.

Maddigan described the incident as "unfortunate."

"But we realize tempers and anxiety are at a peak right now, and we hope this (dispute) can be settled soon," he said.

Maddigan also called on the parties to respect the views and actions of others during the labor dispute.

"Those are the civics lessons we should be teaching our children," he said.

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