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Teacher said to grab neck of 7th grader

An Allenstown teacher has been charged with simple assault after the police said he placed his hands around a female student’s neck.

Bernard Ouellette, 67, was put on an unpaid administrative leave yesterday according to district officials, who said the French teacher had been on a paid leave since the Oct. 23 incident at Armand R. Dupont Middle School. Helene Bickford, co-superintendent of SAU 53, said the alleged assault took place in a seventh grade class.

The charge against Ouellete is a Class B Misdemeanor.

Police Chief Shaun Mulholland said Ouellette, who lives in Hampton, was not trying to strangle the student, a crime that would have led to a felony level charge. He said the teacher was not provoked and was not angry at the student at the time but declined to discuss the incident further.

Helene Bickford, co-superintendent of SAU 53, said Ouellette has taught at the school for about
7 years.

In a press release the town’s school board said Ouellette will remain on leave until the criminal matter is settled.

The Monitor was unable to reach Ouellette yesterday evening.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

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