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R.I. teacher on leave after allegedly assaulting student

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WHDH) - A Rhode Island middle school teacher is facing charges, accused of being a cookie monster.

Police say 49-year-old Richard Kostner, a teacher at Slater Junior High School in Pawtucket Rhode Island, assaulted a 13-year-old student.

Another student actually handed him a cookie and he shoved it in his mouth. The teacher told him he’s not supposed to be eating in class and as he left the classroom another student decided to tell the teacher ‘hey, that student just made a funny face at you,’” the victim’s mother said.

The boy’s mother and aunt said the incident didn’t stop there.

“The teacher, I guess, pursued the child down the hallway and to his next classroom and went into the classroom with 11 other students present and a teacher, lifted him against the wall, called him a freak, let him down and left the classroom,” the boy’s mother said.

The student said he is good friends with the teacher and his family said there is no history between the two.

Police said they believe the teacher was not provoked.

“In this case there was sufficient evidence to indicate the teacher assaulted the child,” a police spokesperson said.

The teacher was immediately put on leave and according to the superintendent the victim is back in school.
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