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Teacher's assistant charged with kicking student in wheelchair

By: CBS/AP
December 2, 2017 Updated: December 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm
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MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- A special education teacher's assistant has been charged with kicking a 16-year-old nonverbal student who was in a wheelchair at a Rhode Island high school.

The Newport Daily News reports that 44-year-old Stephanie LaRocque was arrested Friday on a charge of simple assault.

Police said two teaching assistants told them Thursday that LaRocque had kicked the boy Tuesday at Middletown High School. The assistants allege LaRocque lifted her foot and made contact with the back of the chair, pushing the boy, because he had been moving too slowly.

Police said a witness described the incident as more of a "tap" and says the boy didn't seem to be injured. They said LaRocque denied kicking the student.

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