Pittsburgh, PA – A teacher was viciously punched in the face by a teenager in an unprovoked after-school attack in downtown Pittsburgh last Thursday, and the disgusting ambush was caught on a newly released surveillance video.
James Addlespurger, 50, an English teacher at Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts magnet school located in the downtown cultural district, was sucker-punched while walking down an alley near the school and was knocked unconscious. The video shows the teacher’s head hitting the curb after he was blindedsided as the perpetrator and five other of his friends walk away and treat the whole thing as a big joke.
The suspect and the others in the group are still at large, but Pittsburgh police are confident that they will identify them and track them down especially with the release of the video into the public domain. Police also indicated that they don’t believe the teens involved in the attack on the teacher are themselves students at the Pittsburgh magnet school, which offers six art majors (visual arts, literary arts, theater, instrumental music, vocal music, and dance).
The detective investigating the case called the assault on the Pittsburgh teacher a “sick, cowardly act.”
Mr. Addlespurger is recovering at home after being treated at a local hospital. He has yet to make any public statements to the media about the assault.
Watch Pittsburgh CAPA teacher Jim Addlespurger being assaulted by a teenager in an alley in the downtown section of the city in this report aired by the CBS affiliate KDKA Channel 2: