A first-grade school teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland was arrested Tuesday and charged with nine counts of second-degree assault.
Nine of her sixteen students, ages 6- and 7, said teacher Susan Burke choked them, and in some instances, punched them.
All of the assaults occurred during the month of December. On Jan. 7, one of the boys and his parent filed a police report at the Briggs Chaney police substation alleging that he was beaten several times.
“All of the victims described being choked by the suspect,” detectives wrote in the arrest records. “Some of the students, in addition to being choked, stated they were kicked, punched, scratched or had their arms squeezed tightly by Susan Burke.”
Sharon Durham says her 7-year-old son told her Burke had choked him while he was standing in line. She says she asked Burke about the incident, but the teacher didn’t seem to know what she was talking about.
Burke was released on bail Wednesday, but no one answered at a phone listing for her.