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Police: Teacher Assaulted Student For Eating Cookie In Class

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File photo of a classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A Rhode Island teacher has been arrested on allegations he assaulted a student for eating a cookie in the classroom.

Forty-nine-year-old Richard Koster of Cranston turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities obtained an arrest warrant.

Police say Koster teaches at Slater Junior High School in Pawtucket and assaulted the 13-year-old boy March 18.

Authorities say the boy claimed Koster lifted him off the floor, pinned him against a wall and yelled at him, after catching him eating a cookie. Police say Koster got upset after another student told him the boy made a face at him after he told the boy it’s against the rules to eat in class.

“Another student actually handed him a piece of a cookie and he shoved it in his mouth. The teacher told him he was not supposed to be eating in class. And as he left the classroom, another child thought it was funny to tell the teacher, ‘Hey, that student just made a funny face at you,’” the boy’s aunt told WNCT-TV.

Koster and his lawyer didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.

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