A physical altercation that was reported between a 17-year-old student at the Sweetser School and a male teacher ended after police became involved Thursday morning, Nov. 18.

Belfast Police Chief Jeff Trafton said as a result of the incident, police transported the juvenile involved to Waldo County General Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Once the evaluation was completed, Trafton said corrections officials went to the hospital to pick up the youth and transported him to the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.

Trafton said the male teacher who was the victim of the assault suffered a mild concussion and that he was treated at WCGH for his injuries.

Patrolman Howard Dakin responded to the call at 11:23 a.m. Thursday, after Sweetser staff reported that the juvenile had punched the teacher in the face following a brief exchange of words.

Trafton said the youth was transported to the correctional facility after the incident because the juvenile had a lengthy history of violent behavior.

The School at Sweetser, located on School Street in Belfast, operates as part of a statewide network of Sweetser programs. According to its Web site, Sweetser is a “comprehensive behavioral health care organization for children, adults and families. Sweetser offers services that address emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities through a network of educational programs, preventive services, community-support services, residential homes and outpatient services.”