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Witnesses: Prince George's County Teacher Punched by Student Over Racially Insensitive Comment

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    A Forestville High School student allegedly assaulted a teacher inside the classroom. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Monday, Feb. 2, 2015)

    A student punched a Maryland teacher last week over a racially insensitive comment, witnesses say.

    The incident was reported Jan. 29, following a "misinterpretation of a comment in a classroom" at Forestville High School, according to Prince George's County Schools. Students and parents familiar with the situation say the teacher, who appears beaten and bloody in a photo obtained by News4, made a racially insensitive comment.

    The Prince George's County school system would not elaborate on the comment due to privacy reasons.

    "If the comment was made that I was told was made, I can understand the pain and the anger in that student," parent Cynthia Leslie said.

    The teacher suffered minor injuries and the student is being disciplined. 

    School officials called the incident isolated, and said they don't see a need for increased security.

    "It's really baffling, on both sides. From what I understand, he was really injured," parent Stephanie Benning said.