Police Officer At School Leads To More Arrests for Assault on Teacher

EL CERRITO -- A police officer was assigned to Portola Middle School in El Cerrito on Wednesday and it's already having an effect.

Police say the officer's presence has helped them solve a crime committed on campus at lunchtime on Monday, when a group of students allegedly knocked down a band teacher and pelted her with rocks.

Police say five students have been arrested -- three boys and two girls -- ranging in age from 13 to 14.

Officials say some of the students are still in juvenile hall; others were released to their parents.

One of those students reportedly said the teacher hit him first. Police and school administrators say they have no evidence to support that, but they are looking into it.

"We're taking a look at the incident that took place and that would also include the staff member," West Contra Costa School District Associate Superintendent Wendell Greer told KTVU.

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