14-Year-Old Montana Boy Charged With Attacking Teacher

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A 14-year-old Great Falls boy believed to have attacked a teacher at North Middle School faces a Youth Court charge of attempted kidnapping.

The boy made an initial court appearance Wednesday, and his bail was set at $50,000, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

Prosecutors allege the boy put on a hooded sweat shirt and a ski mask after school on Tuesday and grabbed the teacher from behind while holding a tissue across her face. She was able to break free from the boy’s grip and he fled. The teacher was not seriously injured.

Officers found the boy’s backpack in a trash can. It contained belts, a necktie, strips of fabric and photographs of females being tied up and forcibly restrained, court records said.

School resource officer, Detective Aaron Frick, said surveillance video helped identify the boy and locate his backpack. The boy was taken into custody in an after-school study group for students who are behind on their work.

The boy, who was interviewed in the presence of one of his parents, eventually admitted to investigators that he planned and executed the attack on the teacher, court records said.

“I don’t think this was a prank by any stretch of the imagination,” said Frick, who added that the student had not been on his radar for previous bad behavior.