Your heartwarming public education story of the day.
A teacher at Slater Junior High School was arrested after a parent complained that he’d pinned her 13-year-old son against the wall and yelled at him for eating a cookie in the classroom.
Richard C. Koster, 49, of Cranston, turned himself in on a warrant Thursday and was arraigned at District Court on a misdemeanor simple assault charge. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Khrystyne Bento, who is an aunt, said the family insisted on filing a police report after they learned about the March 18 incident. Bento said the boy 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.”
We’re thinking NEA Teacher of the Year award for this clown.