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Cobb special ed teacher accused of hurting student

A Cobb County special education teacher was arrested this week for allegedly battering a student.

Sara Katherine Johnson, of a Marietta address, turned herself in Monday afternoon and was booked into the Cobb County jail, booking records show. Johnson was charged with one count of simple battery, a misdemeanor, and was released late Monday after posting $500 bond.

Johnson is accused of grabbing a student by his upper arms, pulling him out of a chair and dropping him to the floor at Mountain View Elementary School on Sandy Plains Road in east Cobb on Sept. 27, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Johnson was placed on administrative leave following the incident and recommended for termination Monday, Mountain View Principal Renee Garris said in a letter to parents Tuesday. “I am informing you of this situation because it is both disturbing and uncharacteristic of the climate we foster and promote here at Mountain View,” Garris wrote.