Student stabs teacher at Parma Heights alternative school

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PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio– An 18-year-old student at the Positive Education Program stabbed a teacher on Wednesday, Parma Heights police said.

Officers were called to the school on Pearl Road at about 10 a.m. Police said the student resisted arrest so officers used a taser.

The 44-year-old victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she is in stable condition.

Police said the cause of the attack is still under investigation.

The case was turned over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to determine charges.

The Positive Education Program released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“During an instructional activity involving cutting vegetables at PEP Phoenix in Parma Heights, a student impulsively grabbed a knife and stabbed a staff member. Staff followed all crisis protocols and quickly detained the student. The police were notified, the student was arrested, and the student will not be returning to this school. The staff member received first aid and was quickly transported to a hospital, received treatment and is recovering. Positive Education Program’s crisis team immediately responded to the school to assess the needs of staff and students and provided immediate support and counseling, which is ongoing. As always, the safety of our students and our staff continues to be our top priority.”

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