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City teacher loses part of finger breaking up fight

A Baltimore high school teacher lost part of her finger Wednesday while breaking up a fight at Western High School, according to a school police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The incident took place about 2 p.m. when the teacher was attempting to intervene in an altercation among five students at the premier all-female high school, according to the report sent to school officials.

During the altercation, which started when students were attempting to block other students from coming into a classroom, someone pushed the classroom door and the tip of the teacher's finger was partially cut off when it got caught in the door.

The teacher was taken to Union Memorial Hospital, according to the report. The teacher was discharged, according to the hospital.

Baltimore school officials said the teacher was unintentionally injured and that the matter was under investigation.

Earlier this year, a Sun investigation found that city school teachers were injured on the job more than any other workforce in the city, except police officers.

According to city schools' workers' compensation claims from the last fiscal year, more than 300 claims were related to altercations and assaults, including teachers breaking up fights. Those claims made up more than a third of the school system's total. In addition, school employees account for an estimated total of $4.6 million in medical bills and other costs related to workers' compensation claims in that year.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.

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