Teacher, principal face charges after throwing books at kids

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A principal and teacher from a Santa Fe middle school are facing charges after the teacher was accused of throwing three paperback books that hit two students.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1cvNiTP ) that Mary Slaughter, a language arts teacher at De Vargas Middle School, has been charged with two counts of child abuse not resulting in death or great bodily harm after she was accused of lobbing the books. Principal Marc Ducharme has been charged with failing to report child abuse for the April 30 incident.

A Santa Fe Public Schools spokeswoman says Slaughter is on administrative leave and that child safety is a top priority. She said the school initially conducted a preliminary investigation before the matter was turned over to human resources.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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