A 14-year-old girl landed in juvenile detention Friday after she shoved a physical education teacher to the floor at Liberty Junior High in Spangle, authorities said.
The teacher was treated for muscle strain and bruising and is expected to return to work Monday, said Liberty Superintendent Donn Livoni.
School officials didn’t hesitate to call police and press charges, Livoni said.
“We have zero tolerance for students assaulting staff members,” he said.
Police were called to the school at about 9:10 a.m. after the eighth-grade girl got into a dispute with her teacher in the school gymnasium.
“Apparently the student thought the teacher was implying she was lying about something,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Lt. David Reagan.
Police took the girl to Spokane County’s juvenile detention center, where she was charged with fourth-degree assault.
Lavoni said school officials are conducting their own investigation.