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Allenstown teacher charged with assault on student

Union Leader Correspondent

November 05. 2012 11:25PM

Bernard Ouellette, a 67-year-old French teacher at Armand R. Dupont Middle School in Allenstown, has been charged with simple assault after allegedly putting his hands around a female student's throat.

The victim has not been named, but Allenstown police said the girl was not injured in the Oct. 23 incident.

"Teachers can use force in the classroom to discipline a student, or prevent themselves or another from being assaulted, but that was not what occurred in this case," Allenstown Police Chief Shaun Mulholland said. "It was none of those exceptions that allow a teacher to use force."

Ouellette has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence without pay. He has worked at the middle school of 124 students since September 2005.

According to the school district's website, he also teaches French at Allenstown Elementary.

The Allenstown School District responded to the incident in a written statement: "The safety and educational well-being of our students is of paramount importance to the district. The administration is taking steps to cover his classes during this period and will communicate with parents as appropriate."

Ouellette will appear before the 6th Circuit Hooksett Division court on Dec. 4. He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail. The charge is a misdemeanor.

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