5-year-old student attacks, punches South Carolina teacher

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Police are investigating after a 5-year-old student reportedly attacked a 23-year-old teacher Wednesday.

A school district spokeswoman said the teacher works at Augusta Circle Elementary School. The student was suspended after the incident, officials said.

Greenville police said they responded to the reports of a teacher being assaulted and injured by a 5-year-old male student. According to the police report, the assault happened around 12:40 p.m.

The 5-year-old boy was continuously taking toys and Play-Doh from other children when he started stomping the Play-Doh under his feet and the teacher instructed the boy to pick up the dough.

Instead of complying, police reports said the boy lunged at the teacher, punched her in the jaw and left arm multiple times, and stomped on her foot.

The child then picked up scissors, pencils and other items that he reportedly threw at other students.

Police said the teacher was bleeding and had visible marks on parts of her body when they arrived.

The teacher said the child had previously punched her in the stomach and thrown blocks at her during the current school year.

Police said detectives specializing in juvenile cases were assigned to investigate the case.

Greenville County Schools spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said school officials encouraged her to seek medical attention. Brotherton said she did not know if the teacher chose to do so.