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Teacher arrested after altercation

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By Alice Du Pont

Rasheen Edwards, a teacher at Dick Howser House, was arrested on battery charges and given a notice to appear Thursday after she and another teacher, Starla Lumpkin, were involved in a fight at the center, located on East Crawford Street.

According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, the incident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on May 13 in a portable classroom behind the main building at the center for children with special needs.

Edwards, who works in the main building, allegedly went to the portable classroom where Lumpkin and another teacher, Crystal Sipling, worked. The report stated that Edwards and Lumpkin began arguing, which escalated into a physical altercation. Sipling tried to stop the fight and subsequently called for assistance from the Quincy Police Department.

When officers arrived the fight was over but Lumpkin showed signs of scratches and a bite mark on her right hand, scratches on her face and a small cut to her left eyeball. Edwards also shows signs of scratches on her arms and hands.

A parent who was dropping off children at the time told police that he didn't see who started the fight but could hear arguing outside, and when he entered the building, he saw the two women fighting on the ground.

The report stated that Edwards suspected Lumpkin and Sipling of making disparaging remarks about her twin sister and confronted the women.

The investigation is ongoing.