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Substitute teacher charged in assaults on Orange students
A substitute teacher in Orange County has been charged with 12 misdemeanor offenses after being accused of assaulting six middle school students last week, police said.
Laurie Millard, 49, of Orange is charged with six counts of assault and battery and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
County Sheriff Mark Amos said the contributing charges also stemmed from the alleged abuse of the children. He declined to elaborate on the allegations.
The incidents occurred Thursday morning at Locust Grove Middle School, police said, where Millard was substituting in a sixth-grade math class.
Police declined to say exactly what was done to the children, but a Sheriff’s Office press release said none of the children were seriously injured.
Sgt. Mike Courtemanche investigated the complaints and filed the 12 charges. Millard was released on an unsecured $6,000 bond and has an initial court date set for May 28 in Orange Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
The mother of one of the victims, who asked that her name not be used, said her 11-year-old son told her he was kicked in the ankle.
She said another child reported being kicked in the shin, two said they were grabbed by the shoulder and one was grabbed in the face.
The children told their parents that the teacher was yelling during the incident. The mother said none of the students or parents she’s talked to know what caused the situation.
“It seems like she just went berserk,” the mother said.
The mother said it was the first time her son had had the suspect as a substitute. The class is only a few doors from the principal’s office.
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