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High School Teacher Critically Injuried Breaking Up Fight

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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This is my old high school and he was a teacher of mine (he flunked me twice....the first time was my fault, the second time wasn't [my appendix ruptured and set up gangrene and I was home schooled for 3 months and the teacher kept breaking me the wrong work and Mr. Bunch wouldn't let me make it up]).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky legislator who is also a high
school teacher was critically injured Tuesday trying to break up a
fight between two students.

State Rep. Dewayne Bunch, 49, was punched in the head and fell
to the cafeteria floor, hitting his head on the tile, Whitley
County Sheriff Colan Harrell said.

"He ran over there very quickly and ran right into the punch,"
Harrell said. "... When his head hit the floor, he sustained more

Bunch was in "extremely critical" condition at a local
hospital before being taken to the University of Kentucky Medical
Center in Lexington. A spokeswoman there said Bunch's family had
requested no information be released about his condition.

The two boys involved in the fight, ages 15 and 16, were charged
with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of
third-degree assault, and have been taken to a juvenile detention
center, the sheriff said.

A surveillance camera caught most of the fight and showed Bunch
being hit by the 16-year-old, the sheriff said. It wasn't clear
what sparked the fight, which began as breakfast was being served
to dozens of students.

The boys kept fighting after Bunch was knocked out. Two other
teachers were also struck, but were able to stop the fight. Neither
the students nor the two teachers needed medical attention.

Bunch, a Republican elected last fall, defeated longtime
legislator Charles Siler, a Democrat, and represents Whitley County
and part of Laurel County in the southeastern part of the state. He
has taught math and science at Whitley County High for 17 years.

County schools held a moment of silence for Bunch.

"Our entire school district family remains in prayer for
Dewayne and his family," said Whitley County school Superintendent
Scott Paul.

The House adjourned March 24. It wasn't immediately clear
whether Bunch was teaching while he was serving in the House.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo called it a sad day.

"I hope he will be able to recover from this horrific
situation," the Democrat said in a statement. "I enjoyed working
with Dewayne when the General Assembly was in session and found him to be an excellent advocate for his constituents."
Associated Press writers Dylan Lovan and Beth Campbell in
Louisville contributed to this report.

Read the article HERE

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by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
How sad for everyone involved. I really hope that he recovers quickly and those boys face whatever charges necessary. I can't believe that even after that teacher was knocked out they hit two more teachers.
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by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

It's crazy.

When I went there, one of my CO's in JROTC got a broken arm breaking up a fight.

I guess the family isn't releasing any info to the press, so I'm trying to find out how he is now.

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