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East Rowan student cited with assaulting teacher

GRANITE QUARRY — A 17-year-old student at East Rowan High School has been charged with assaulting a teacher after a Tuesday incident.

According to reports from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the student, Anterrio Alexander Reid, was assigned to in-school suspension. The regular faculty supervisor for the program stepped away for a time, and another faculty member agreed to watch Reid.

The teacher said he began to escort Reid to lunch and the student began using profanity. The teacher said he used district-provided training to help de-escalate the situation and to persuade Reid to go back to the classroom.

Reid continued to be verbally aggressive and showed aggressive body language, according to reports. He then “chest bumped” the teacher, who was standing in the doorway, then rushed him and knocked him into the hallway and into a row of lockers, authorities said. Both Reid and the teacher fell to the floor.

Reid got up, gathered his things and left the building, authorities said. East Rowan’s school resource officer, T.D. Cato, found Reid outside in a grassy area in front of the school near U.S. 52. Cato persuaded Reid to come back to the building, authorities said.

The teacher suffered scratches to his forearms.

Reid’s caregiver came to pick him up from school.

Reid was charged with assault on a school official and was given a 10-day suspension for violating the school’s code of conduct.

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