A 16-year-old Hillsborough High School student punched his teacher in the face Wednesday, knocking him to the floor and fracturing his skull, Tampa police said.
The teacher, William Moore, 55, was listed in stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital, police spokesman Scott Guffey said.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Guffey said, the teacher was rebuking the student during shop class.
The student "punched him in the face," Guffey said. Moore "flies back, hits his head on the cement floor and is knocked unconscious."
The student ran from the room. He had not been found by late Wednesday.
Details provided by school officials differ from the police version.
Pete Davidsen, assistant superintendent in charge of administration, said the incident happened about 9:45 a.m.
"The teacher asked the student to step out of the classroom into the welding lab. Evidently, he was having a problem with the student and wanted to talk to him. All of a sudden, the kid swung at him."
Moore, a teacher in Hillsborough since 1974, also suffered a cut lip and a concussion, Davidsen said.
Officials would not identify the student, who could face criminal charges, Guffey said.
The student also faces suspension and possible expulsion, Davidsen said.
_ PAUL DE LA GARZA