SEATTLE A teacher at South Lake High School was arrested Wednesday after allegedly choking a student.

Seattle Police say officers were called to the school around noon to investigate an assault. Police said the principal reported that a teacher had slapped and strangled a student.

Officers talked to the student, a 17-year-old boy, in the nurse s office. The boy said he had been injured and was transported to the hospital.

Witnesses told police the 45-year-old teacher got upset when the student refused to stop talking in class. The teacher allegedly confronted the student and that a disturbance ensued, leading to the teacher grabbing the student by the throat and choking him.

The teacher was arrested and taken to the South Precinct, and has since been released.

Principal Barbara Moore sent a letter home to parents saying the teacher was being placed on administrative leave during the police investigation.

This type of action is inexcusable, and I want you to know that we take the safety and security of our students very seriously, said Moore. This teacher has been directed to stay away from South Lake High School and not have any contact with District students, staff and parents while the investigation occurs.

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