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Shocking video: Teen charged for sucker-punching teacher

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A teenager who sucker punched a schoolteacher in a downtown alley — an attack caught on surveillance video — apparently picked the victim at random, police and school officials said.

The attack happened last Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. The surveillance video, which Pittsburgh police used to make an arrest Tuesday, shows the 15-year-old suspect walking with several other youths past 50-year-old James Addlespurger. Addlespurger, who teaches English at an arts high school, was walking in the other direction and did not appear to interact with the youths in any way.

The suspect suddenly approached Addlespurger and punched him in the head. The teacher fell hard onto a curb as the teen and the others continued walking.

“We don’t know the mind state that that young man was in, but there’s something very terrifying about it,” said Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, whose district includes downtown. “In the video it appears he was laughing afterwards, which is very disturbing.”

The suspect was taken to a juvenile detention center on a charge of simple assault but was not identified because he’s charged in juvenile court.

City schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said she can’t comment on any discipline the student may face and isn’t sure school officials will exercise any jurisdiction because the attack happened off school grounds and after the school day had ended.

The suspect attends a school for troubled youths in another part of the city. Police said there’s no evidence the suspect, or his friends, knew Addlespurger or exchanged words with him.

Addlespurger didn’t immediately return a call for comment, but has said on Facebook and in brief comments to reporters that he’s recovering and that “the video pretty much speaks for itself.”

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Dana Guthrie

11 Responses

  1. Keeping it real says:

    Agree with wally, They will never be equal.

  2. Was Right says:

    I agree with ANMD, and todd.

  3. D.S. says:

    I agree with ANMD

  4. wally says:

    ANMD and todd. dont let that thing get to you. this is what we get for treating those things as ‘equal’ except for a select few, most do not deserve the rights we give them. seems like whatever is given to them, its not enough, and they’ll do whatever they can to get what they want. nothing more than stupid animals. retarded PACK animanls

  5. wally says:

    should just excecute the POS. he’s obviously not going to contribute to society in any possible way whenever he has time out of prison. what was the point of that? useless waste of organic matter. it’s (no, its not close to being a human)parents should be ashamed of themselves, bringing something like that into the world to wreak havoc on everyone else. i bet he’s going to pull the race card at his defense too.

  6. I see clearly says:

    Another one of the thousands of black on white racist attacks. Always be of the mindset of one approaching you as a wild dog ready to attack you.

  7. ANMD says:

    To fagot ass Todd your a DUMB ASS you punk bitch.
    Your the punk who tries to man up online and when your out in public you hide behind your mans back and suck his DICK you fag.

    Is this what they teach Blacks in school these days,your all bad asses when your in a group,but alone your nothing, animals are all you are.

  8. Tom Cruise says:

    To fagot ass Todd your a DUMB ASS you punk bitch.
    Your the punk who tries to man up online and when your out in public you hide behind your mans back and suck his DICK you fag.

  9. Chris says:

    Wow
    That is sick. Should be a charge of attempted murder.

  10. Todd says:

    N I G G E R S
    hang them high

  11. Just Wondering says:

    If they were white kids it would be a hate crime and all over the corrupt state run media.