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Georgia teacher accused of grabbing, shoving young students

January 15, 2020 GMT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia teacher has been accused of aggressively handling two 7-year-old students.

Roger Edward Clark, 53, was arrested Tuesday and charged with simple battery, news outlets reported citing a press release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Clark was a teacher at L.H. Williams Elementary School in Macon. The sheriff’s office said he snatched one student from his desk, held him against a wall and shoved him. The other student was grabbed by the arms, and also held against a wall and shoved by Clark, the sheriff’s office said.

Both incidents reportedly occurred Jan. 8. Bibb County School District spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said in a statement that Clark resigned Jan. 9, news outlets reported.

“Parents of the students involved were notified of the incident immediately,” Hartley said. “The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority and we do not take any allegations of misconduct lightly.”

Clark was booked in jail on a $1,300 bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.