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Parents React After Teacher Charged With Indecent Assault of Cohasset Middle School Student in Class

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    Parents React to Cohasset Teacher Assaulting Student

    Parents at a Massachusetts middle school where a teacher allegedly indecently assaulted a female student on several occasions are reacting to the news.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 31, 2018)

    Parents at a Massachusetts middle school where a teacher allegedly indecently assaulted a female student on several occasions are reacting to the news.

    Jeffrey Knight, 57, of Pembroke, was charged in a criminal complaint with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over.

    Police say the charges involving the same victim happened on multiple occasions during school time in 2017 and 2018.

    Officials with Cohasset Public Schools confirmed Thursday that Knight has been placed on leave.

    Middle School Teacher Charged With Assaulting Student

    [NECN] Middle School Teacher Charged With Assaulting Student

    A teacher at Cohasset Middle School is accused of indecently assaulting a student.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018)

    In a statement, Superintendent Louise Demas said she was "disturbed and deeply troubled" by the allegations.

    "I understand that families, students, faculty, and staff alike will no doubt have questions," Demas wrote. "Due to legal limitations, I cannot discuss the allegations further."

    Parents of students said Friday they were also troubled by the allegations.

    "As a teacher, they should be reputable and show an example to the rest of the community," said parent Deborah Pritchard. "Nobody has business touching anybody’s children, especially in an inappropriate way."

    Jim Bonner, whose granddaughter is about to start at the middle school, said he was concerned, but wanted to get the other side of the story.

    "I was concerned, but he's still innocent until proven guilty. I mean, I'd like to hear the other side of the story," said Bonner.

    While school starts on Tuesday, parents like Pritchard said it's a good idea to speak to children about situations like this one.

    "Gotta give them the heads up before they go to school. It's a discussion that should be at home," said Pritchard.

    In the meantime, Knight is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 19 at Quincy District Court. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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