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Man accused of beating student, teacher at PTEC campus with baseball bat

LARGO — A 32-year-old man beat a teacher and another student with a baseball bat at a Pinellas Technical Education Center campus Monday morning, authorities said.

Wesley Lee Cox of Tampa had a wooden bat with him about 7:30 a.m. when he arrived at the campus at 6100 154th Ave N in unincorporated Largo, police said.

He entered his class, was "clearly distressed," and began to beat his teacher, James Humphrey, with the bat, said Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Wolf.

Another student tried to help Humphrey and was also injured, she added. She didn't identify the student because Pinellas Schools doesn't release student information.

Cox was "forcibly subdued," an arrest affidavit says. After his arrest, he told Pinellas County Schools police officers that he came to school Monday to "beat people" with the bat.

Humphrey and the student sustained non-life threatening injuries, Wolf said, but were hospitalized as a precaution.

Cox's motive for the beating was unknown Monday.

"That's something we're still looking into, but I think it's still too early to determine," Wolf said.

Cox faces two counts of aggravated battery.

He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Monday afternoon in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Man accused of beating student, teacher at PTEC campus with baseball bat 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 11:35pm]
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