PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two young men, both students, pleaded guilty today to attacking a teacher at an alternative school in Northeast Philadelphia last March.

Both defendants reached plea deals that allowed them to avoid serving additional jail time.

The attack happened during lunch at Excel Academy, a school for Philadelphia students who have had disciplinary problems.

Terrell Carter, 20, and Brian Pressley, 19, today admitted attacking teacher Stephen Boyd and punching him to the ground.

The attack started after Boyd saw Carter reach into the teacher’s lunch bag.

“He had told him to remove his hand from his lunch bag, and that is what precipitated this,” said prosecutor Lauren McHale.

She says the assault continued until other staff came to Boyd’s aid and the attackers were apprehended.

Both defendants, in custody since the March 9th attack, have been ordered sentenced to time already served, although Carter will remain under house arrest and both will be under court supervision for several years.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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