A teacher at Kirk Middle School has been arrested after an investigation by State Police into an assault that occurred on Monday, April 16. The School Resource Officer was informed that a teacher allegedly struck a student. The 13 year old male student was in the classroom when a female teacher entered into the room and the teen made a comment about her. Another teacher, 38 year old Iris Saunders of Bear, heard the comment and told the teen to apologize, but he refused. The teacher ‘plucked’ the teen in the mouth with her finger – causing a minor injury. Saunders was arrested Thursday and charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct and released on her own recognizance.
—————————————————————-DSP News Release: Teacher Charged after Assault Investigation
Location: George V. Kirk Middle School, 140 Brennen Drive, Newark, DE
Date of Occurrence: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
Victim: 13 year old Newark, DE male (student)
Defendant and Charges:
Iris K. Saunders, 38, Bear, DE (pictured below)
• Assault 3rd degree
• Disorderly Conduct
Arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on her own recognizance.
Newark- The Delaware State Police have arrested a teacher at the Kirk Middle School following an investigation into an assault of a student that occurred last month.
The investigation into the incident began on Friday, April 27, 2012 after the Delaware State Trooper assigned as the School Resource Officer at the George V. Kirk Middle School, located in the 100 block of Brennen Drive in Newark, was informed by school officials of an incident in which a teacher allegedly struck a student.
The investigation revealed that on Monday, April 16, 2012 at approximately 9:25 a.m., a 13 year old male student was inside of a classroom at the school when a female teacher walked into the room. At this point the male student made a comment about the teacher which was overheard by a second teacher, Iris Saunders. Upon hearing the comment, Saunders approached the student and told him to apologize. The student, however, refused to apologize, at which time Saunders “plucked” the victim in the mouth with her finger causing a minor injury to the victim. The victim then responded to the school nurse for treatment.
Iris Saunders was arrested this morning, Thursday, May 10th, and charged with the above crimes. She was then arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on her own recognizance.