Moss Point High School teacher plans to file charges against at least two students after being injured while breaking up a fight at the school Monday morning.
Senior English teacher Benjamin Broome also said he planned to go to the school board to seek a release from his contract with the district.
Broome said he and another male teacher were breaking up a fight between two female students when a third female student approached and began hitting him.
“Then two male students got involved, and once I went to the ground, all of the students just started crowding around me,” the 24-year-old teacher said. “They were punching me in the head and kicking me in the side.”
Broome was taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula for observation, per Moss Point School District policy. He had received cuts, scrapes and bruises in the scuffle, and he was treated and released.
The school district released a statement Tuesday morning saying that the students who were 18 or older were immediately placed into custody of the Moss Point Police Department.
The younger students were transported to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center, the statement said.
“The incident is still under investigation, and the individuals involved in the incident are subject to possible expulsion per school district policy,” the district said.
Superintendent Kim Staley declined further comment.
“This isn’t the first teacher assault that’s happened at Moss Point High School.