SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Seattle high school teacher accused of grabbing a disruptive 17-year-old student by the throat and slapping him has been arrested according to Seattle police.

Seattle Public Schools said the male teacher has been placed on administrative leave. The district declined to identify the man, who has been at South Lake High School, an alternative school, for 15 years.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt says the victim and another student apparently were being disruptive in class Wednesday and refused to complete an assignment. Witt says the teacher yelled at them, then grabbed one student by the throat and slapped him in the head.

KOMO-TV reports the teen was treated at a hospital and released.

In a letter to parents, South Lake Principal Barbara Moore called the action “inexcusable.”


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