BREAKING: Police arrest man after assault at PHS

Members of the Portsmouth High School Student Council will speak before the Town Council on Monday, Feb. 12, to request a new sign at the high school's Turnpike Avenue entrance. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Parents were notified Tuesday morning via email about an intruder inside the Portsmouth High School new gym and the assault of a teacher. 

The following email was sent to parents: 

“At approximately 9:05 this morning, an intruder attempted to enter the new gymnasium. The teacher intercepted the intruder and directed him to the main office. The teacher directed the students to call 911 and the students were placed into a lockdown. In this process the teacher was assaulted. The suspect was apprehended by the police and taken into custody. No students were physically hurt in this incident,” the email stated.

“The police and our student resource officer secured the building. The building is safe for all our students and staff. We will be providing ongoing counseling and support for students and staff.”

Portsmouth police are expected to release a statement about the incident.

Portsmouth Press will update as more information becomes available. 

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