Police in Baltimore County, Md. say that the dad of a 15-year-old girl who attends Perry Hall High School in Perry Hall, Md. went after and struck his daughter’s 42-year-old high school teacher on June 5 with a baseball bat when the clueless instructor showed up at the family’s home wanting to talk to his student. Before the teacher’s untimely and uninvited arrival at the child’s Nottingham, Md. home though, the girl’s parents had recently just allegedly discovered dozens of inappropriate cell phone text messages between their daughter and the teacher.
Fox News in Baltimore reported the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD ) as saying that the girl’s mother called the cops around 3 a.m. on Thursday to report that “numerous text messages were being sent back and forth between her daughter and the teacher.” An officer with the BCoPD viewed the cell phone messages which he counted to be in the dozens, and said that "they described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student."
The officer didn’t see any true evidence that a crime had been committed though, and referred his report to BCoPD's Safe Schools Facilitator and the Crimes Against Children Unit. Later Thursday morning around 9:45 a.m., police were called back to the same Nottingham home to investigate a disturbance. When police arrived on the scene, the 15-year-old girl’s father told them that the teacher arrived at his home unannounced and uninvited and saying that he wanted to talk to the man’s daughter.
The father told police the teacher refused to leave, at which point he struck the teacher with a baseball bat.
"The victim and the suspect gave slightly different versions of the assault, which did not occur in the presence of the officer," police said.
According to police, even though the teacher had sustained minor injuries from the bat wielding father, the teacher decided it’d probably be best not to press charges against his student’s irate dad. The Baltimore Sun reported that the police did inform the girl’s parents as to the process they could pursue in order to apply for a protective order against the teacher.
Police also informed the parents that in the event the teacher ever returned to their home, he’d be arrested immediately. Because no actual crime was committed and no charges were pressed against either party, the police are not releasing the teacher’s name or the name of the 15-year-old student’s family.
The Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit will continue to investigate the situation further. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.