SILVER SPRING, Md. – A first grade teacher in Maryland has been arrested and charged with kicking, punching, scratching and even choking her young students.
Susan Lee Burke, 35, was removed from her classroom at Greencastle Elementary School and placed on administrative leave shortly after a 6-year-old boy reported she had choked him back in January.
When detectives interviewed Burke’s students, all of them between the ages of 6 and 7, they found eight more kids who claimed Burke had physically assaulted them in some fashion in view of the other students.
Burke has been working for the school district since 2001, but has only been at Greencastle since 2009. She was arrested Tuesday at her home on nine counts of second-degree assault on a minor, but released from jail last night on $75,000 bond.
Her neighbors are not a bit surprised by the news. They said police have been to her house several times for domestic disturbances.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators are asking anyone with any information to contact the Family Crimes Division at 240.773.5400. Callers may remain anonymous.