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2 high school students arrested after kicking teacher

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) – Two Douglas High School students were arrested on suspicion of kicking a teacher who was trying to stop a fight between two other students.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said Hal Wheeler was on the floor trying to stop a fight between two male students before classes last week when he was attacked.

Deputies said the suspects, whose names were withheld, are accused of kicking Wheeler in the head and body Wednesday. Wheeler suffered a neck sprain and sought treatment at a doctor’s office the following day.

”A real concern is two other individuals seeing an opportunity with the teacher on the ground to kick him when he’s down,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

Another teacher suffered a knee injury when he came to Wheeler’s defense, he said.

The Gardnerville boys, 16 and 17 years old, were arrested on charges of gross misdemeanor battery on a school official and disturbing the peace.

They were released to the custody of their parents after an appearance Thursday before Douglas District Judge David Gamble.

The other two boys who started the fight were arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace.

The fight began at about 7:25 a.m. on the edge of the high school’s dining commons area.

Wheeler, a 26-year veteran of the district, teaches physical education and health classes. He’s also an assistant baseball coach.

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