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Police: Math teacher pulled knife on student during pop quiz

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BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico middle school teacher is accused of threatening a student with a knife for talking during a pop quiz.

Bernalillo Police Chief Tom Romero says Benjamin Nagurski was arrested Friday after school officials took him out of the classroom.

A criminal complaint says the 63-year-old math teacher threatened a student with the knife and told him to stop talking.

The complaint says Nagurski told investigators he only shook the knife in his hand and then apologized.

Nagurksi faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an unlawful weapon. The school principal told police he had a rounded steak knife, and another knife with a sharp tip and a wooden handle.

Nagurski is jailed on $10,000 bail. It isn’t known if he has an attorney.

A school official didn’t return a message seeking comment.

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