Thursday, February 01, 2001

Teacher suspended for 3 days

Music instructor accused of striking students

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — A music teacher in the Hamilton Schools was suspended without pay for three days after complaints that she struck children at Jefferson Elementary School.

        According to school records, Cathryn Beck, who joined the district in August, had been disciplined before.

        The latest incident occurred Monday. Hamilton police are investigating after two assault complaints were filed.

        According to one complaint filed with police, a 10-year-old was wrestling with a 9-year-old when the teacher struck the older boy on his arm with her hand, leaving a mark.

        A separate police complaint indicated the teacher slapped the 9-year-old in the face.

        “I don't think that's appropriate,” said Scarlet Burch, who filed the police report on behalf of her 10-year-old son. “She's hitting on kids. I don't think she should be teaching in the schools if she can't control her anger.”

        Ms. Burch said her son's bruise is fading, but he's worried about going to music class Monday when Ms. Beck returns.

        School officials declined to discuss the incident.

        In October, Ms. Beck received a written reprimand from Principal Mary Jacobs after being accused of striking a student on the leg for disruptive behavior. The next month she received a second written reprimand, for allegedlyusing a profanity.


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