Feb 18, 2016 4:15 PM

Parents react to Manchester teacher accused of assaulting student in class

MANCHESTER - There is mixed reaction among parents after a Southside Middle School teacher is placed on leave, charged with simple assault after allegedly knocking candy out of a student's hand.

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

Anita Lemay, 52 of Manchester has taught in the district for nearly 20 years and just transferred to Southside at the beginning of the school year.

According to witnesses, on Jan. 29, the 14-year-old student was causing a disturbance and eating candy, and when he refused to listen, Lemay allegedly hit the candy out of his hand, leaving a mark on his wrist. Lemay turned herself into Manchester Police on Wednesday, but has been on paid leave since Feb. 1.

Parents are upset and want to know more about the incident.

Some say a teacher should never lay a hand on a child.

"I could understand the teacher's frustration and how they could get that way, but as far as doing it hard enough to leave a mark on a child, that's wrong," said Nichole Galloway, a Southside parent.

Others said they understand how she could lose her temper as there seems to be a lack of respect among some students.

"You're in class to learn. The teachers take the time to teach you, have some respect," another parent, Charles Ferreira, said.

The Manchester Teacher's Union declined to comment as the investigation is ongoing.

Siobhan Lopez is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter, @SLopezNH1.

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