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Cops: Man arrested after attacking teacher at Ward Melville High School

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A Long Island man found himself under arrest Tuesday after he allegedly walked into Ward Melville High School in Setauket and shoved a teacher when he was asked to leave, school officials said in a statement.

Luis Romero, 20, of Glen Head, was arrested Dec. 17 and charged with second-degree harassment and third-degree criminal trespass, according to a spokesman for the Suffolk County Police Department.

Romero, a former student, was reportedly let into the school building around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday by another student, said Cheryl Pedisich, the Superintendent of the Three Village Central School District.

“His presence in the building was immediately recognized by a teacher and when approached, the former student became confrontational,” Pedisich said in a statement posted to the district’s website. “The police were called because the individual was uncooperative and challenging to our authority.”

Security guards held Romero until Suffolk County police officers arrived and placed him under arrest.

School officials said student safety was not compromised during the altercation and said they have “strict safety protocols in place.”

It was not clear when Romero would be due in court to face arraignment on the charges. He could not be reached Thursday night for comment.



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