English Teacher Stabs Other Teacher With Screwdriver 16 Times: Cops

They had argued about a meeting, police said.

By Pei-Sze Cheng
|  Friday, Dec 16, 2011  |  Updated 6:38 AM EDT
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Two teachers got into a fight at Poughkeepsie High School, with one accused of stabbing the other repeatedly with a screwdriver. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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Two teachers got into a fight at Poughkeepsie High School, with one accused of stabbing the other repeatedly with a screwdriver. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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A high school English teacher is accused of violently stabbing a fellow teacher with a screwdriver on Thursday after a disagreement over a meeting, sending her to the hospital and causing a brief lockdown at the school.

Police said Cynthia Glozier, 54, also an English teacher at Poughkeepsie High School, was stabbed 16 times by Ronette Ricketts, 40. She was stabbed 11 times in the back and then several more times in the head, chest, shoulder and neck, police said.

School officials said the injured teacher was being treated at St. Francis Hospital and that police were investigating the fight.

Police said Ricketts became enraged with Glozier after they argued about a department meeting.

After the stabbing, student Ryan Morris said there was "blood all over the floor."

Ricketts is in custody; it was not clear if she had an attorney.

Officials locked down the school from about 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

"No students were involved in the incident and no students were harmed," the school said in a statement.

After the lockdown, the school continued classes Thursday.

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