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Teacher attacked, hospitalized over mask dispute at California elementary school

California elementary school teacher treated for lacerations to his face after assault by a father upset his child had been required to wear a mask under school's COVID guidelines.
California elementary school teacher treated for lacerations to his face after assault by a father upset his child had been required to wear a mask under school's COVID guidelines.

A California elementary School teacher was allegedly assaulted by a parent Wednesday during an argument over their child having to wear a mask.

The incident happened on the Sutter Creek Elementary campus, about an hour after the first day of school came to a close in the Amador County town.

“The teacher was bleeding,” Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Torie Gibson told NBC affiliate KCRA. “He had some lacerations on his face, some bruising on his face, and a pretty good knot on the back of his head.”

Gibson said the male parent verbally assaulted the school’s principal when his daughter walked out of a school building wearing a mask. When a male teacher stepped in, the situation escalated and a physical altercation happened, resulting in injuries. The teacher was treated at the hospital and released Wednesday night.

According to Gibson, the parent was frustrated with the school’s indoor mask requirement for everyone while students are on campus. The district’s policy also says teachers who have proved they are fully vaccinated can take off their mask indoors when students are not present. The district’s policy is in line with the indoor mask mandate by the state health department.

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