Teacher Suffers Miscarriage Breaking Up Classroom Brawl

Students at Bronx high school pushed her to the ground

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    While standardized test scores have improved on the margins, California public school students continue to underperform.

    A Bronx teacher suffered a miscarriage after breaking up a fight between two students over a chair, school officials said Thursday.

    Lissedia Batista, 27, was elbowed in the stomach, pushed, and fell to the floor as she tried to get in the middle of a fight between two students. The fight happened in a Spanish class in Exploration Academy.

    Batista was four months pregnant and was taken by ambulance to North Centeral Bronx Hospital, where she miscarried her baby.

    The Daily News reported that the teacher is a beloved member of the school, and acts like a counselor to many students. She didn't want to speak to reporters about the episode.

    The two students involved in the fight have been suspended.

    Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, told The New York Times the union would address Batista's case, among other incidents this week, with education authorities on Friday.