HTH student jailed for stabbing teacher with pencil
An 18-year-old student at High Tech High has been placed on an emergency expulsion after allegedly stabbing a teacher in the face with a pencil last weekend while on a field trip in Yakima.
Student Emmanuel Galeana-Magallon was being held in the Yakima County Jail on $25,000 bail. He is charged with second-degree assault.
The Quincy teacher was treated at a hospital in Yakima and released, said John Boyd, superintendent of the Quincy School District.
Galeana-Magallon was placed on the emergency expulsion pending an investigation that includes interviewing other students and teachers, Boyd said.
“The student won’t be returning to school,” he said.
Law enforcement officials suspect Galeana-Magallon was using drugs before the incident happened, a spokesman with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office reported that Galeana-Magallon was on a school trip on May 8 to Junior Achievement World in Yakima when he reportedly began acting erratically. Junior Achievement World is a program that aims to help students become productive citizens and successful workers.
When the student stepped outside to cool off, the door locked behind him, prompting him to pound on the door.
When he got back inside, he allegedly attacked the Quincy teacher, apparently stabbing him twice in the head, narrowly missing one of the teacher’s eyes, according to the sheriff’s office.
Several other nearby teachers were able to subdue the student, according to the sheriff’s office.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org