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New Bedford teacher fights for her job after chair incident

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - A New Bedford teacher who had a chair thrown at her by a student said she's now fighting to keep her job.

School officials said Joanne Maura failed to properly report the incident, but she is denying those claims.

"It was most certainly reported on the phone. The police were called, the housemaster came, saw the mess. They're trying to get me on a technicality because no one wants to admit that this happens," Maura said.

The student smashed the chair over Maura's desk. She refused to return his cell phone which triggered the outburst. The student was suspended and charged with assault.

School officials say they were disturbed by the incident and didn't learn of it until a week after it happened. In a letter to the teacher, the school's headmaster said Maura could be fired.

The letter reads: “You failed to perform your responsibilities as a teacher at New Bedford High School and properly inform the administration of the nature, details, and severity of the incident, or provide a conduct referral or report for the incident in a timely fashion."

The school said it is investigating the incident.

Maura will meet with school officials next week.

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