Westwood High School student charged with punching teacher in the face

BLYTHEWOOD – A 17-year-old student at Westwood High School has been accused of punching her teacher in the face and has been charged with assault and battery, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s department incident report.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., a school resource officer was contacted by a Westwood High School administrator for an assault that had just occurred.  It was reported that the student punched her teacher in the face with a closed fist, causing redness and swelling to the eye and jaw area. The incident occurred after the teacher escorted the student into the hallway to have a conversation about her (the student) cursing at her (the teacher) in the classroom. During their discussion is when the student punched the teacher. The teacher’s injuries were treated by the school nurse.

The student was removed from the classroom and charged with assault and battery. She has been released into the custody of her parents.