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Attack on Mobile High School Teacher Could Bring More Arrests

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A 61-year-old teacher punched in the face by a Murphy High School student in an incident videotaped on a cell phone by another student expects to continue her career this fall, but at another school.

The two students -- 16-year-old Randolph Parker, and 17-year-old Dominick Harris -- are being held as adults on felony assault charges in the May 18th attack that prosecutors allege could be gang-related.

Murphy principal Doug Estle, commenting to Mobile television station WKRG, says he's looked at the video a thousand times, saying: "Each time your stomach gets sicker and sicker to look at something so premeditated."

Meanwhile, Estle says three female students who apparently were aware of the planned attack have been suspended. He says they admitted that Parker told them he was about to hit the teacher, but they say they didn't believe him.

Authorities have not ruled out more arrests.

Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson says the investigation is a long way from finished. But, he says, "By the time we get through, we're gonna know everything there is to know about who knew what and when."

Estle has said he does not believe Parker and Harris were involved in any gang. The teacher, Melinda Rudisill, had just recommended that Parker be suspended for using obscene language, Estle said.

Rudisill, who taught English at Murphy, required about 20 stitches around her eye.

The video of the attack was shown in court at a bond hearing this week for Parker and Harris on the assault charges. Parker's bond was set at $250,000, and $100,000 for Harris.

The teens are due back in court on Tuesday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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