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Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Montgomery Co. teacher accused of choking students heads to court

A Montgomery County teacher is in court this week, reports NBC Washington, on charges stemming from a December 2010 incident in which she was accused choking and punching students.

Susan Lee Burke of Laurel, who taught first grade at Greencastle Elementary School, was charged with several counts of assault in February. She was placed on administrative leave in January after Montgomery County schools officials learned of the allegations.

She is accused of assaulting half of the children in her class of 16 students.

“All of the victims described being choked by the suspect,” detectives wrote in the arrest records. “Some of the students, in addition to being choked, stated they were kicked, punched, scratched or had their arms squeezed tightly by Susan Burke.”

Stay with for updates on the trial.

By Washington Post staff  |  08:40 AM ET, 10/18/2011

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