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Feb 17, 2016 4:23 PM

Manchester teacher charged with simple assault for hitting candy out of student's hand

MANCHESTER - A Manchester middle school teacher has been charged with simple assault after she slapped candy out of a student's hand - leaving a mark, police said.

A paraprofessional at Southside Middle School - who witnessed the Jan. 29 incident - told police that a 14-year-old student was eating candy and causing a disturbance in the classroom, and the Anita Lemay knocked the candy out of his hand, which left a mark on his wrist.

The paraprofessional said the the student was immediately removed from the classroom, and he reported the scratch and incident to Principal Jennifer Gillis, who then notified the school resource officer.

Police ruled that Lemay made "unprivileged physical contact" with the student, prompting the simple assault charge.

Lemay turned herself into the police on Wednesday.

The Manchester School District said Lemay is currently on paid leave.

Kevin Deane is the Digital Content Manager for You can email him at and follow him on Twitter, @kdeaneNH1.

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