Teacher May Be Fired For Not Reporting Chair Throwing Incident

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    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A teacher at New Bedford High School who had a chair thrown at her by a student could lose her job over the attack.

    Administrators have sent a letter to teacher Joanne Maura saying she faces disciplinary action, including possible “termination,” for failing to report the assault last month prompted when she confiscated the student’s cellphone.

    “I feel like I’ve been assaulted again,” Maura told WCVB-TV.

    In a cell phone video of the incident that was posted to YouTube, a male student is seen yelling at Maura after she refuses to return a phone she took away from him during class. The boy becomes very irate and begins cursing at her. Towards the end of the 1-minute and 13-second video, he throws a chair at Maura, but it does not hit her.

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