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Perry Hall teacher struck with bat by student's father after texts found

Texts show 'emotional relationship'

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

5:27 PM EDT, June 5, 2014

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A Perry Hall High School student's father struck his daughter's teacher with a baseball bat after the family found "several dozen" text messages between the male instructor and 15-year-old girl, police said.

Police said the incident happened after the teacher showed up at the girl's family's home. Authorities did not identify the 42-year-old male teacher or the father. Neither has been charged with a crime.

The 15-year-old girl's family called police after finding the messages, which police said "described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student."

However, police did not find evidence of a crime.

Hours later, at 9:45 a.m., police were called to girl's home in Nottingham for a report of a disturbance.

The girl's father said the teacher who sent the texts showed up to their house uninvited, "saying he wanted to talk," police said. Her father told the teacher to leave, but he refused. The father then struck the teacher with a baseball bat, police said.

Police said the teacher sustained minor injuries but did not press charges.

The Crimes Against Children Unit continues to investigate and the department said it won't release the names of the girl and her parents.

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