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Student attacks teacher with baseball bat

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When Wesley Cox stepped foot on the campus of the Pinellas Technical Education Center in Largo, police said studying was far from his mind.

"For what appears to be no reason at all, began beating on the teacher of the class," said Pinellas School's Police Chief Rick Stelljes.

Chief Stelljes said Cox had a wooden baseball bat and targeted a computer teacher.

FOX 13 learned that teacher was James Humphrey. When another student stepped in to help, police said Cox kept swinging and was finally stopped by students and the school resource officer.

"He was actually just making irrational statements through most of this incident and after," he said.

Humphrey and one of the students were taken to the hospital and should be okay. None of the students we spoke to on campus had heard about the attack.

Considering its violent nature, they believe they should have been told.

"No one came over the announcements. No one came to our class to let us know about it or anything," said one student who didn't want to be identified.

The chief said students didn't need to know about this attack.

"If the administration or the police department felt there was a continued danger, we certainly would have sent that message," he said.

But, he said, safety is the responsibility of everyone on campus.

"The type of school that PTECH is allows for the students to come and go. The safety plan calls for everyone to keep an eye out, and the [School Resource Officer] is right there to respond and take action," said Chief Stelljes.

Cox is behind bars and charged with two counts of aggravated battery. He is also now banned from the campus as some students think twice about their own safety.

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