A Macon elementary school teacher was arrested Tuesday after being accused of manhandling two 7-year-old students in his classroom a week ago, police said.
Photo: File
Photo: File

Macon teacher accused of manhandling 2 first-grade students

A Macon elementary school teacher was arrested Tuesday after being accused of manhandling two 7-year-old students in his classroom last week, police said. 

Roger Edward Clark, 53, surrendered to authorities and has been charged with simple battery. 

He is being held at the Bibb County Jail on a $1,300 bond, according to reports. 

The alleged incident reportedly occurred Jan. 8 at L.H. Williams Elementary School. 

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said Clark aggressively snatched a first-grade student from his desk and held the boy against a wall with his feet off the ground. Another boy was also grabbed by his arms and held against a wall, the sheriff's office said. 

Police said Clark shoved both students, causing one of them to stumble to the floor. 

Another teacher went to the school’s principal to report Clark, the sheriff's office said. 

Roger Edward Clark, 53, surrendered to authorities and has been charged with simple battery after two first-grade students reportedly were manhandled at L.H. Williams Elementary School in Macon.
Photo: Bibb County Sheriff's Office

The Macon Telegraph reported the alleged incident may have been caught on school surveillance cameras. 

Clark resigned the next day, according to a statement by Bibb County School District spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley. 

“Parents of the students involved were notified of the incident immediately,” Hartley said. “The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority, and we do not take any allegations of misconduct lightly.” 

The sheriff's office report does not say whether the students were injured.

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