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Elementary student's attack on teacher is not a criminal matter, police say; Teacher fell down during altercation

Buffalo police say it does not appear that an elementary student's attack Friday on a School 33 Bilingual Center teacher is a criminal matter.

The teacher fell to the floor after a special-education student picked up a trash can and threw it at her during the afternoon portion of the school day, authorities said.

The teacher, who suffered bruises and other injuries, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, according to Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Initial reports said the teacher had been knocked unconscious, but that turned out to be untrue, Rumore said.

The student had been acting out earlier in the day and "had to be carried off the school bus into the school," the union president said.

Rumore added that he has received word that the student was suspended after hurting the teacher. The school is located on the first block of Elk Street.

"Depending on the student's age, we have to ensure that the student is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that if the student needs more restrictive assistance, that the student get that," Rumore said.

But Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the incident is not being viewed as a police matter.

Rumore said that on Thursday another School 33 student was involved in an altercation with a substitute teacher.

Buffalo Board of Education spokeswoman Elena Cala was not available to comment on the incidents.

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