Posted: Mar 8, 2013 6:41 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Mar 8, 2013 6:47 PM
A Northside High School student is facing chargers after allegedly ramming himself into a pregnant teacher.
Seventeen-year-old Charles Benjamin is now out of jail after being arrested yesterday.
A Lafayette Parish School district spokesperson says that the pregnant teacher is ok. Police say she was trying to stop Benjamin from fighting with another student.
"The teacher in the classroom where the incident was occuring attempted to stop the incident. As a result, she was struck in the stomach area. The teacher is pregnant at this time and of course the student that was responsible for striking the teacher was charged with battery on a school teacher."
Police say that arrests at Northside have actually decreased. Last year this time there were 53 arrests and this year there are 17.
"I think Northside is our model of how we're trying to take schools that are in trouble academically and behaviorally and turn them around," Lafayette Superintendent Pat Cooper said.
Pat Cooper says that the teacher is currently under doctor's care and the baby is ok.
"You know these kind of things can happen anywhere. We got 31 thousand students in this school district so any given day one of them could be a little upset. And we hope that that doesn't happen, but we know it will. In the case of Northside, yeah it's out of character for that student body to have one of their own behave that way," Cooper said.