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2 students held in beating of teacher at Mobile school

MOBILE (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 school’s principal said.

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

“I’ve looked at the video a thousand times,” principal Doug Estle told Mobile television station WKRG. “Each time your stomach gets sicker and sicker to look at something so premeditated.”

Three female students who apparently were aware of the planned attack have been suspended, Estle said.

Estle said they admitted that Parker told them he was about to hit the teacher, but they say they didn’t believe him.

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