A Ripon Middle School (RMS) student attacked a teacher with a pair of scissors while in class Monday, according to an emailed statement sent by RMS Principal Rick Bunge to all Ripon Area School District (RASD) families. 

The statement says that the student was arguing with a classmate in a science classroom when their teacher approached them "to ask questions about the situation."

"While the teacher was talking to the student about the situation, the student out of frustration moved to cut a book that was on the desk," the statement reads. "When the teacher attempted to move the book, the student grabbed the teacher’s sweater and cut it. While the teacher was taking the scissors from the student, the student kicked the teacher. As is protocol, the teacher directed the other students to move out into the project space and alert the teacher in the classroom next door."

The school called the Ripon Police Department and new School Resource Officer Brett Henning while school counselor Todd Arft supervised the student in the classroom, according to the statement.

After the police investigation, "the student was removed from school grounds and, according to RASD policy, is subject to discipline up to and including expulsion," the statement noted.

"I spoke to the students after they returned to their classroom to let them know that their teacher was safe and to answer any questions," Bunge said in the statement. "I reassured the children that we take incidents such as this very seriously. I then contacted the parents of each of the students in the classroom during the incident.

"Student safety is an essential part of the District’s purpose and mission. Our top priority is for our students and staff. Please know that in any difficult situation, our counseling staff is available to provide support to students if needed. These resources are available for students at the student or parent’s request. If you need assistance please contact the school office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Arft, School Counselor, or myself."

For more information about the incident, read the Feb. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.