Police looking for teen in assault on teacher

Investigators on Thursday were working to identify a teenager who allegedly punched a Woodside High School teacher in the mouth, knocking out at least one of his teeth.

San Mateo County sheriff’s Lt. Marc Alcantera said the teacher, a man in his early 30s, was attacked Monday at 3:15 p.m. The trouble started when the man spotted a group of teens arguing with each other on the corner of Hull Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas, about three-quarters of a mile from Woodside High, he said.

The teacher approached a boy who was yelling obscenities at other teens, Alcantera said.

“He tried to calm him down and talk to him about the use of profanities,” he said. “The young man approached him and, without warning, punched the teacher in the mouth.”

The boy then walked away and none of the other teens tried to help the man, Alcantera said. Police are not identifying the teacher out of concern for his safety.

“We don’t know if this was gang-related or not but it was pretty much unprovoked and we don’t wantto call undue attention to him,” he said.

Detectives have been showing the man yearbook photos in the hopes he will identify his attacker or one of the witnesses. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

tbarak@examiner.com

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