GLADE SPRING, Va. — A Patrick Henry High School student accused of shoving an elderly substitute teacher, who was hospitalized in intensive care Thursday, has been charged with assault.

At around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the resource officer for the Washington County school responded to a disturbance at the school in Glade Spring, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

An 83-year-old retired teacher, who has not been identified, was substituting in a class when a 17-year-old male, who also was not identified, became agitated, the release states. When the teacher handed him a piece of paper with the assignment, the student became more agitated and stood up, the release said.

He then went around the teacher to leave the room and shoved the teacher down in the process, causing the teacher to fall backward and hit his head on the teacher’s desk, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The fall required staples and caused internal bleeding, the release states. He was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he was in intensive care Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The juvenile was charged with malicious wounding and transported to the Highlands Detention Center, where he was being held Thursday.

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