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Teacher accused of hitting student

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By Nathan L. McBroom

An East Middle School teacher has been accused of hitting a male student in the head with a telephone receiver during class.

According to a press release from the Shelby County Public School system, the teacher, whose name has not been released, allegedly hit the student last Friday after asking him to call his parent(s).

Superintendent James Neihof said the school system has conducted its own investigation and reported the allegation to the Cabinet for Families and Children, which still is investigating.

And the Shelby County Sheriff's office also confirmed that it is investigating.

Neihof said that any personnel actions against the teacher would comply with district policy/guidelines. He said he expects expedient closure.

In the district's disciplinary system, teachers will ask students to call their parents after prolonged uncooperative behavior. The district bans all forms of corporal punishment.

The district also denied a similar allegation from the previous week about a substitute teacher.

"In response to an inquiry by local news media about a similar incident involving a substitute teacher," Neihof said he was not aware of any such allegation and that "certainly if anything ever occurs that could jeopardize the safety of our students or staff, we respond in a timely, appropriate manner."