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Primary School Teacher Charged With Assaulting Students

A primary school teacher has been stood down after being charged with assaulting students as young as eight years old at a school in Sydney’s south-west.

Margaret Kingston was charged last night with six counts of common assaults on students at Bass Hill Public School.

Ms Kingston was arrested by police at her home in Yagoona at around 6:30pm after police spent the day speaking to alleged victims and witnesses, including other teachers at the school and children aged eight and 10.

Police allege that the 57-year-old teacher pinched, pushed, slapped and even spat at one of the children. Some parents had no idea that this was going on until police intervened.

“I had no idea. It’s her teacher, I had no clue. I Met her, she seemed nice. It’s just very, very shocking,” said one mother to 9NEWS. “(The students) are innocent. It doesn’t matter what they do - there’s no need for that.”

The woman’s daughter who was taught by Ms Kingston said that the teacher would “grab people [who are] bad behaved…and she shouts at us.”

The Department of Education have released a statement saying that they have undertaken risk management and that Ms Kingston will not be teaching at any school, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Ms Kingston has been released on bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court in a month’s time.

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