Police have charged a middle school teacher with assault after she allegedly smacked candy out of the hand of a student.
Anita Lemay, 52, of Manchester, is charged with simple assault, according to police.
Police say they were called to the Southside Middle School on Jan. 29 for an incident involving a 14-year-old student and a teacher.
Police say the victim "caused a disturbance" in class while consuming a piece of candy. The victim refused to obey the teacher, police said.
The teacher allegedly knocked the candy out of the victim’s hand, leaving a mark on his wrist, according to police.
Police say a para-professional witnessed the incident and removed the student from class. The para-professional noticed a scratch on the student’s wrist and told the school’s principal.
The principal notified the school’s resource officer, police said.
In a statement, the Manchester School District said,
"The teacher was placed on administrative leave immediately after the alleged incident. parents and students were notified that a substitute teacher would be continuing instruction as of Feb. 1."
Police say Lemay turned herself in at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
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