New Jersey student arrested after tackling teacher who allegedly took his cell phone

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PATERSON, N.J. – A freshman at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey has been arrested and charged with assault for an incident with a teacher in a classroom.

The attack was recorded by another student and shows the teen tackling the teacher to the ground trying to get his cell phone back, according to

The student has been arrested, according to school officials. He’s also been suspended.

“We took a statement from the teacher today,” Police Captain. Heriberto Rodriguez told “After that, we went out and found the juvenile and arrested him.” The teenager was charged with third-degree aggravated assault, the captain said.

School officials said the teacher took the phone from a student because he was not using it for academic purposes, which the school allows.

Watch the video above to see the incident.