Teacher Allegedly Assaults Student, Calls Him ‘Freak’ After Eating Cookie in Class

Photo by Sheryl Julian, Boston Globe
Photo by Sheryl Julian, Boston Globe
The Boston Globe

A Pawtucket, R.I., junior high school teacher is facing misdemeanor charges this week after allegedly assaulting a student for eating a cookie in his classroom.


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Slater Junior High School teacher Richard C. Koster, 49, of Cranston, R.I., turned himself into police Thursday. He faces a simple assault charge and was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance, the Providence Journal reports:

Khrystyne Bento, who is an aunt [of the student], said the family insisted on filing a police report after they learned about the March 18 incident.

Bento said the [student] told her and his mother that Koster told him not to eat in class and became angry when another student said the boy made a face at him. Bento said the boy told his family that Koster followed him into his next class, where he picked the boy up by his waist, pinned him against a wall and called him a "freak."

She said her nephew told the dean, who had Koster apologize that afternoon.

WPRI-TV reports that court documents suggest another teacher got involved to tone down the alleged confrontation.

ABC-6 news reports that Pawtucket Superintendent Patti Dicenso said Koster was placed on administrative leave following the incident.