Teacher on trial in pipe-assault case


NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – A Nashua High School South teacher is on trial in the city on charges he assaulted a student with a metal pipe last year.

The 17-year-old teen on Monday took the stand in the trial of teacher Michael Michaud of Groton, Mass., who is charged with simple assault. The teacher has been on administrative leave since the incident.

The student testified he had been tapping a screw into a workbench in October when Michaud started yelling and swearing at him. The student said he stood up and started to pull the screw from the bench. Michaud then put a piece of metal electrical tubing around his neck and squeezed it as punishment.

Two students testified that they saw the teacher put the pipe around their classmate’s neck, but one said he did not see the teacher squeeze it. The incident lasted two minutes and wasn’t immediately reported to school administrators.

The schools have a policy against corporal punishment, the district’s human resources director, Gale Tobbe, testified.

Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

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