Police: Intruder ordered PHS students to ‘line up’

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A 22-year-old former Portsmouth High School student who assaulted a teacher and pushed his way into the new gym also ordered students to “line up” against a wall, Portsmouth police told WPRI.com

According to WPRI, the intruder told Portsmouth High School students he was the one in charge. 

Since the incident on Jan. 30, several parents have raised concerns about the school’s safety policies. Many parents plan to attend the next School Committee meeting on Feb. 13. 

On Jan. 30, at 9:09 a.m., Portsmouth police responded to Portsmouth High School’s new gymnasium for a report of an individual that allegedly assaulted a school teacher.

According to police, 22-year-old Marcus Schlip demanded entry to the new gym. Schlip reportedly was referred to the main office by a 27-year-old teacher. As Schlip was being denied entrance into the gym, he allegedly punched the teacher in the face as she was holding the main door to the gym, police said.

Schlip then allegedly 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. 

Schlip has been charged with two felonies, assault of a schoolteacher and possession of a knife, and a misdemeanor, disturbance of public assembly. 

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