LONDONDERRY β€” Police say Londonderry Middle School teacher Steven Dwyer, 51, of Manchester, was arrested on Nov. 27 on allegations of threatening a student.

Police Det. Chris Olson said a student told police that Dwyer threatened to shoot the student with a gun if he had one.

Dwyer was charged with criminal threatening.

Olson said the alleged incident happened on Nov. 9 and, according to the student and several witnesses, Dwyer singled out the student because he had his head on his desk.

Superintendent of Schools Scott Laliberte released a statement: β€œIn early November, Stephen Dwyer was placed on administrative leave from his responsibilities as a teacher at Londonderry Middle School pending investigations by the School District and the Police of alleged remarks to students which the District is presently unable to discuss. These allegations are currently being investigated. Meanwhile, it is important to remember that all persons must be presumed innocent until they are proven guilty. As always, the safety, security and well-being of our students is our top priority.”

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