- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A North Pulaski High School teacher has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly choking and hitting a teenage student in the school’s cafeteria.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1nB2HSg ) that 51-year-old Michael Dean of Sherwood was arrested and charged on Friday.

The student told police he mouthed a curse word at Dean on Aug. 26 and Dean then elbowed and choked him. Dean says he “bumped” into the boy to “get his attention” after being cursed at and that the boy punched at him and pulled Dean’s arm around his neck.

Dean teaches American History and economics and is the high school baseball coach. A school district spokeswoman says Dean has been suspended with pay.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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