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Preschool Teacher Facing Charges For Biting Toddler

In a rash moment, one teacher's impulsive act not only ruined her career, but possibly her life. The teacher was accused of biting one of her students - a two-year-old child - on the face in a moment of frustration. The teacher has been fired and is now facing felony charges for her behavior.

Heather Marcotte, a 28-year-old preschool teacher from Covington, Louisiana, was having a difficult time with one of her students in her class on October 25. The Northlake Christian School teacher got so angry that she confessed to biting the child on the face.

The boy's mother picked the child up from school and noticed he had bite marks on his cheek. When she questioned the little boy, he admitted that his teacher did it.

The mother reported the incident and authorities became involved. The principal of the school said Marcotte had reported an incident in which she accidentally hit the child in the face, leaving a mark.

After police questioning, Marcotte admitted to police that she bit the boy because she was frustrated with his behavior. The teacher was promptly fired from the school, which boasts that it is a 'special place where your child will be loved and nurtured'. The school accepts children as young as six weeks old.

Monty Fontenot, school administrator, refuses to answer questions. "We’ve handled it internally and there’s no further comment," he said.

Police charged Marcotte with felony cruelty to a juvenile on November 1 and she was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. If she's found guilty of the charge, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

That is one hefty price she might have to pay for a moment of losing your cool, but that’s what happens when you assault a child. Teachers have a very hard job to do, and everyone’s patience occasionally gets tested in a room full of students. Any teachers who have impulses of acting violently when students don’t cooperate might want to reconsider whether or not they’re cut out for this career. It may not be worth sticking around, because eventually you’re going to meet a kid who will push your limits.

Marcotte isn't the first teacher who wanted to bite a student, nor is she the first one who gave in to the urge. Former Florida special education teacher, Karen Williams, bit a child on the back while struggling with him in attempts to get him to calm down.

According to a witness, the unruly student was taken into a 'bear hug' by his teacher, and when he struggled he bit her on the hand. She then bit him on the back 'for like a minute'.

A male teacher crossed all kinds of lines when he bit a female junior high student in a sexually suggestive way. The Greenwood, Arizona teacher bit the student's ear during class and whispered, "I'm going to eat you."

The Spanish teacher also reportedly told her, "Next time, I'm going to put salsa on it."

Source: New York Post, NOLA
Photo: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, NOLA

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