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Investigation continues after incident between Holyoke teacher and student

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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Holyoke Police continue their investigation into a Peck Middle School student who attacked a teacher on Wednesday. 

Investigators are releasing new information about this incident.

Yesterday morning, the Peck School in Holyoke went into a brief lockdown after an 11 year old boy used a screwdriver to attack his male teacher.

Holyoke Police Lt. Michael McCoy said the screwdriver grazed the neck of the teacher and he was treated by the school nurse.

However, what students saw may have been traumatizing and counselors were available to students today.

Lianette Rivera, an in-home behavioral supervisor for the Gandara Center in Holyoke, said that witnessing an incident like this can be traumatic and checking in with students is vital to make sure they aren't triggered by it.

"It's very important to ask, even if a child isn't reaching out that they were traumatized or effected.  Making sure there are overall support for the students and checking in with each individual student and see how they are processing that, see how it's effecting them at school.  Is it bringing up some trauma from home or previous trauma that they have had in the community, and getting services for any child effected and not just the child that was the aggressor in that case," Rivera explained.

Holyoke Public Schools would not disclose to Western Mass News what type of training, if any, they provide their teachers.

However, there are options for training out there for families who might have a child with behavioral issues.

"Our staff do receive techniques on verbal de-escalation, safety planning, and crisis management.  These are all things that we can help families with and helping educators get that training as well from plans that we devise," Rivera said.

The boy ran from the school after the attack.  Police were in contact with his mother. 

The Holyoke Police Department is still actively investigating this case.  No word yet whether the boy will be charged.

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