NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A student at a North Charleston school was arrested Thursday after allegedly assaulting a staff member.

According to the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD), officers responded to Liberty Hill Academy shortly after 10:00 a.m. when school administrators requested assistance.

Liberty Hill Academy is a behavioral K-12 school that offers a structured environment for students in the Charleston County School District.

Administrators told police that two students were trying to improperly enter the building without checking in, and a third student let them in.

At some point, a fight broke out and one of the students “punched [the victim] in the face with a closed fist.” The victim fell to the floor, “where [the student] continued to assault him by kicking him in the ribs.” Witnesses confirmed the details, and the victim “had a small bruise under his left eye from the assault.”

The student’s guardian was called to the school and took custody of the student.

The student is facing two charges of third-degree assault and the issue is expected to be handled in family court.

The Charleston County School District provided the following statement:

A staff member at Liberty Hill Academy was assaulted by a student while breaking up a fight at Liberty Hill Academy yesterday. Law enforcement is involved, and we are following the district policies to address the situation.