(Yet another recent teacher assaulting students news)
DC-area teacher charged with choking, hitting, kicking 1st grade students during school | StarTribune.com
This booking photo released by Montgomery, Md. County Police, shows Susan Lee Burke. The Montgomery County teacher was charged Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, with choking, kicking and punching her first-grade students during the school day. Burke, 35, of Laurel, Md., a teacher at Greencastle Elementary School in Silver Spring, is charged with nine counts of second-degree assault in the attacks that police say happened in December and March. Several students witnessed the assaults, according to police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. (AP Photo/Montgomery, Md. County Police)
SILVER SPRING, Md. - A Washington-area teacher has been charged with choking and hitting students during the school day.
Greencastle Elementary School teacher Susan Burke was charged Tuesday with nine counts of second-degree assault. Nine of the 6- and 7-year-old students in her class reported that Burke choked them. Some said she kicked, punched, or scratched or tightly squeezed their arms.
Kendra Tyler, the mother of two Greencastle students, said she was shocked by the news.
Sharon Durham says her 7-year-old son told her Burke had choked him while he was standing in line. She says she asked Burke about the incident, but the teacher didn't seem to know what she was talking about.
Burke was released on bail Wednesday, but no one answered at a phone listing for her. It is not clear if she has an attorney.