Teacher accused of dumping hot tea on teens

HASTINGS, Mich. -- Police in southwestern Michigan are investigating a claim that a teacher dumped hot tea on a 15-year-old high school student and a fellow 18-year-old student after they refused to stop fighting at school.

The Grand Rapids Press and television stations WOOD and WWMT report the dispute happened this week at Hastings High School in Hastings, about 30 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.

Police say the students had been texting each other before the older student confronted the younger one in a hallway. Police say they were told the teacher threatened to dump the tea if they didn't separate.

Police say the younger student had minor burns. The teacher was placed on paid administrative leave.

Police plan to forward the results of their ongoing investigation to Barry County prosecutors for review.



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