Union Township teacher accused of battering student

2013-03-12T20:15:00Z 2013-03-13T01:10:30Z Union Township teacher accused of battering studentBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

UNION TOWNSHIP | A Union Township Middle School teacher is accused of battering a student Monday.

The 12-year-old boy told police he was using the restroom shortly before 1 p.m. with two friends during his lunch period when the male teacher entered the room.

One of the boys shouted for the teacher to leave and the teacher instructed the boys to leave, police said.

While one of the boys was passing the teacher, he said the teacher grabbed him by both arms and pushed him backward, causing him to slip, spin sideways and strike his right shoulder on a sink. The other two boys reportedly witnessed the incident.

Union Township School Corp. Superintendent John Hunter declined comment Tuesday on the accusations, saying it is a personnel matter.

Hunter said the accusations will be investigated to determine their validity.

The boy told police the teacher commonly singles out him and his friends and treats them roughly. He often does not let them use the restroom during lunch and on multiple occasions has attempted to trip or push them, the boy said. The earlier incidents were never reported, police said.

Police said they found redness on the boy's inner shoulder and encouraged his father to take photographs daily to document the progress of the bruising.

Police were unable Monday to contact the teacher or other school officials because of the late hour of the report.

No charges have been filed yet.

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