PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A 22-year-old former Portsmouth High School student was arrested Tuesday after attempting to enter the Portsmouth High School new gym and punching a teacher in the face. Police also found a knife in his possession.
Portsmouth police released the following statement Tuesday about the incident:
On January 30, 2018, at 0909 hrs. Portsmouth Police responded to Portsmouth High School’s gymnasium for a report of an individual that had assaulted a school teacher.
Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined that 22-year-old Marcus Schlip had responded to the new gym and demanded entry. Schlip reportedly was referred to the main office by a 27-year-old female teacher.
As Schlip was being denied entrance into the gym, he punched the teacher in the face as she was holding the main door to the gym. Schlip then pushed through the entrance and kicked the teacher multiple times.
Officers’ arrived on scene and located Schlip sitting in the main office of the school; at which time he was taken into custody for the assault.
A search of Schlip’s person revealed a large military-style knife that was in his backpack. Schlip has been identified as a former student; however, his motive for the attack is unknown at this time.
There were no students involved or assaulted at the time of this incident. Schlip has been charged with assault on schoolteachers, school officials or other school department employees, possession of a knife in a commission of a crime and disturbance of public assemblies generally.
The 27-year-old school teacher was attended to by medical personnel and transferred to a local hospital for evaluation of her injuries.