Officials investigate after Worcester teacher runs around school naked

WORCESTER (WHDH) - Parents and students in Worcester said a teacher at Rice Square Elementary School took off his clothes and ran through the halls naked.

Franco Girardi said he got a frantic call from his 12-year-old son Marco, who was playing basketball on the school’s playground. Marco told his father that his former gym teacher was on the playground, naked and not making any sense. Marco then called 911.

Girardi, who lives nearby, came outside and saw the man, then said he ran after him.

Worcester Schools said the teacher was with students Tuesday afternoon when his odd behavior began and the principal put students in lockdown. Students said they did not know what was going on but were hearing from others who had been outside.

Dismissal was delayed and parents got a call with an update.

“The staff member became very agitated and volatile,” the message to parents said.

The teacher eventually left the school grounds and was apprehended by police, who then transported him to the hospital.

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