The father of a Perry Hall High School student struck a teacher with a baseball bat after police were made aware of a series of texts between the teacher, a 42-year-old man, and a 15-year-old student, Baltimore County police said.
Police said an officer of the White Marsh Precinct read over dozens of texts that “described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student,” according to a release from the Baltimore County Police Department. The girl’s mother alerted police to the texts at about 3 a.m. at the precinct.
Police determined however that no crime had been committed. The case was referred to the Crimes Against Children Unit for further investigation, police said. “There’s nothing we’ve seen in the contents that’s criminal,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said of the text messages.
Last week the teacher went to the girl’s home to speak with the girl’s father. The teacher did so without permission, police said. “The girl’s father told the teacher to leave, but the teacher refused.” The girl’s father then struck the teacher with a baseball bat.
“The officer found that the teacher sustained minor injuries and advised him of the process for swearing out a complaint of second-degree assault (a misdemeanor),” the release continued. “The teacher said he did not wish to pursue charges.”
So far, no charges have been filed. Police are not releasing the names of the girl, her parents or the teacher.
Police said the father could file trespassing charges against the teacher, who has been barred from returning to the home. They said the teacher could file assault charges against the father.