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    11-year-old arrested after allegedly attacking teacher with a screwdriver

    An 11-year-old student in Holyoke was arrested after allegedly attacking a teacher with a screwdriver during class on Wednesday, officials said Friday.

    The William R. Peck School student, who was not identified due to his age, has been suspended by the school following the Wednesday morning incident, Holyoke Police Lieutenant James Albert said.

    The screwdriver grazed the teacher’s neck, but the injury was not severe, Albert said. No students were injured.


    “The screwdriver did not puncture, but it was certainly an attack,” Albert said, adding that the teacher “got lucky.”

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    The student fled and the school went into a lockdown immediately after the incident, but he was later located and taken into custody, Albert said. He was charged with assault and battery by a dangerous weapon.

    Albert said he believes the student brought the screwdriver with him to school. Police investigators are working with the school to determine the reason behind the attack.

    “We’re grateful that the teacher was not hurt more seriously, and glad we’ve been able to take the boy into custody,” Albert said.

    The district said the incident might have been “upsetting” to students who saw or heard about it, and that school officials would made counseling services available to students.


    “We are working with the Holyoke Police Department to follow up on this incident, and we want to assure you that safety continues to be our greatest priority,” the district wrote in a letter to families on Wednesday.

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