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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A fight between two seventh-graders in Waterloo put an older substitute teacher in the hospital when she tried breaking up the fight.

But her family says Theileane Raecker's spirits aren't broken.

"She is very anxious to get back in the classroom and impact the lives of others," said Scott Raecker, her son.

The fight happened at Hoover Middle School, and Raecker was still recovering from surgery Friday.

"My mom is doing well," Scott Raecker said. "She had a procedure done on her back, she is recuperating. She is hoping to be back in the school as soon as possible."

Waterloo Schools says the students involved will face some sort of disciplinary action -- but they wouldn't say whether the students would be suspended or expelled.

The two boys involved were, however, charged with fighting and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

It was a very scary sight for students in the classroom. It's not clear whether Raecker was intentionally hit, or caught by a stray punch, as she attempted to break up the fight.

KWWL's Olivia Mancino spoke to a woman Friday whose grandchild who saw the whole thing. She says the commotion terrified them so badly they had an anxiety attack -- and to protect her grandchild, she didn't want to be identified.

"They explained to me it was very traumatic," the woman said.

Seeing the adult they look up to get hurt, it seems, was too much to handle.

"One of their teachers they have respect for getting injured -- I think that was more devastating to my grandchild than the fight."

Scott Raecker son says that's a true testament to how his mother has touched students' lives over the years.

"My mom would tell you as much -- you give to others, you get back," he said. "I know she's influenced the lives of so many young people. It's the young people that have provided her with so much strength."

No hard feelings, says her son: She just wants to teach again.

"It's never about her. It's never about her," he said.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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