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.
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.Caesar can be reached at Christopher.Caesar@globe.com or via Twitter @ChrisCaesar.