Teacher who had chair thrown at her faces firing

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts high school teacher who had a chair thrown at her by a student could lose her job because school officials say she didn’t report the attack.

Administrators have sent a letter to New Bedford High School teacher Joanne Maura saying she faces disciplinary action, including possible termination, for failing to report the assault.

The 18-year-old threw the chair last month when Maura confiscated the student’s cellphone. The chair didn’t strike the teacher.

School administrators say they didn’t find out about the attack until a week later, when a video shot by another student showed up on YouTube. A hearing is scheduled for next week.

Maura tells WCVB-TV that the attack was reported immediately to the school resource officer and a housemaster.

The student has been suspended and faces criminal charges.


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