10/25/2012 03:05 pm ET

Larkin High School Beating: Elgin Teen Allegedly Attacked Science Teacher In Classroom

A 15-year-old Elgin, Ill. male faces a felony charge after he allegedly tackled a male 51-year-old science teacher to the ground and punched him multiple times inside a Larkin High School classroom.

The student was charged with felony aggravated battery to a school official in the incident, which happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday during a passing period, the Daily Herald reports.

John Heiderscheidt, School District U46's safety coordinator, told ABC Chicago the beating was "a senseless act that should never have happened."

"There was a greeting in the classroom between the student and the teacher after the greeting the student then tackled the teacher and proceeded to punch him several times," Heiderscheidt told the station.

The teacher, who has not been identified, was treated at Elgin's St. Joseph Hospital for contusions, CBS Chicago reports.

Despite rumors that the alleged attacker announced the planned beating on social media prior to the incident, the district said they have found "no evidence consistent" with such reports, according to the Courier-News.