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N.S. teacher charged with assault after allegedly pushing child

The Nova Scotia RCMP has charged a teacher with assault after she allegedly pushed a child, causing them to hit their head on the floor. File / Global News

The Nova Scotia RCMP has charged a teacher with assault after she allegedly pushed a child, causing them to hit their head on the floor.

In a release, the RCMP said officers in West Hants received an assistance request from the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services on April 11, which prompted the investigation into the incident.

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“Officers learned that on April 7 a teacher was witnessed pushing a student in a classroom causing the child to hit their head on the floor. The incident was promptly reported,” the release said.

The release said officers gathered further evidence and arrested the teacher, a 27-year-old woman from Falmouth, on Tuesday. She was charged with assault and will appear in Windsor Provincial Court on June 14 at 10 a.m.

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In an interview, RCMP spokesperson Const. Guillaume Tremblay was unable to say to what extent the child was injured.

“We’re doing that out of consideration of the victim and the family,” he said. “I can tell you that they did bump their head off the floor as a result of being pushed.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Teacher placed on leave

In a statement, Kristen Loyst, the spokesperson for the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education, confirmed the teacher worked at Three Mile Plains District School, a pre-primary to Grade 5 school in Three Mile Plains.

“We take this situation very seriously and can confirm the teacher has been placed on leave since this incident was reported to the school in early April,” she said.

“We are fully cooperating with the RCMP investigation but are unable to comment further on matters before the courts.”

Loyst said the school’s priority continues to be the safety and well-being of its students.

“The school is communicating with families, and staff are focused on supporting students,” she said. “A school counsellor is available for students who may need additional support.”

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