A Braggs seventh grader was allegedly choked and shoved by a teacher, identified by parents as Susan Kirk, according to parents and law-enforcement officials, last Wednesday, Oct. 6.
The teacher is accused of grabbing the student’s neck and telling them to “shut up.” The student, according to eyewitnesses, said “please don’t squeeze my neck,” to which Kirk is alleged to have squeezed harder and repeated, “I said shut up.” The student, according to the witnesses, said “I didn’t do anything,” and the teacher allegedly shoved the student and told them to go inside the school.
Muskogee County deputies are investigating the allegations, and the acting district attorney has been notified of the investigation.
UPDATE: Kirk was placed on unpaid leave yesterday, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a source in a position to know, but who asked to remain unnamed.
UPDATE: Undersheriff Greg Martin just released the following:
The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Braggs Public Schools to investigate an incident that occurred on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at approximately 11:00 a.m. between a teacher and a student.
According to statements taken, a teacher at Braggs school allegedly assaulted a 12 year old male student by grabbing the back of the child’s neck. The child did not require any medical attention. The Department of Human Services has been contacted and made aware of this incident.
The investigative report has been sent to the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office for review of potential charges.