Teacher charged after toothpick dispute with student

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by JASON WHITELY

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Posted on February 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 11:15 PM

McKINNEY - The city attorney has filed a misdemeanor assault charge against a McKinney ISD middle school teacher after he pushed a 14-year-old boy into a locker for bringing the wrong supplies to a class project.

"People think that couldn't have happened," said Tamara Prater, the student's mother. "There has to be more to the story."

The City of McKinney filed a charge of 'Assault By Contact' against George Anaya, 59.

The city accuses Anaya, an engineering teacher at McKinney ISD's Faubion Middle School, of chest-bumping Noah Prater, 14.

Anaya pushed the boy into a locker because Noah brought round toothpicks to school rather than flat ones for a class project, a school district investigation revealed.

In a letter to Tamara Prater, McKinney ISD said Mr. Anaya's inappropriate conduct occurred, but since Noah was not hurt, the district decided to reinstate Anaya and remove her son from class.

"I'm kinda just mad that I'm the one sitting by myself in the library, and he's in the classroom without any punishment," Noah said.

Anaya returned to Faubion "with directives to avoid any conduct in the future that constitutes, and/or could reasonably be interpreted as an inappropriate physical altercation with students," the district continued in the letter to Tamara.

The Texas Education Agency said it has now launched an investigation after News 8 first reported this story three weeks ago. The state has the authority to sanction, suspend or even revoke George Anaya's teaching certificate for even a misdemeanor charge.

Regardless, McKinney ISD tells us it has no immediate plans to take him out of the classroom at Faubion.

"We are taking this investigation very seriously," McKinney ISD said in a statement. "The District worked closely with the McKinney PD prior to making the decision to reinstate the teacher to the classroom."

"He is just exposing the school and the children to more liability," Tamara Prater said.

She wants Mr. Anaya fired.

He didn't immediately return our voicemails Thursday, but will have to answer to a judge next month.

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