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PD: Former Middlefield teacher arrested after hitting student

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Andrew Watt is accused of hitting a student at Middlefield school. (CT State Police) Andrew Watt is accused of hitting a student at Middlefield school. (CT State Police)
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A teacher was arrested after police said he hit a 13-year-old student in the head last month.

Andrew Watt, 45, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury after an incident at Independent Day School in Middlefield on March 9.

Police said the student reported the incident to police on March 24.

It was the victim's mother who called police and reported what happened. She said her daughter complained about face pain after being knocked to the ground.

Watt reportedly performed a Tai Chi move on the victim right before class was ending, and she got hurt.

According to an arrest warrant, two students who were in that class when it happened, along with the victim, all gave police similar statements.

The victim told police "Mr. Watt used his forearm to push her forehead. Mr. Watt forced her to the ground and she fell backwards hitting her head on the ground." 

Meanwhile, Watt said he never touched the student. He gave statements to police from a journal he kept, saying "I say, are you trying to fight me in my own classroom? Realize I'm angry. Take a step toward her, check myself. Swing wide with arms, swing wide again. Theatrical. (Victim) already does not have her balance and falls down. I reach down and try to help her up, she gets up on her own."  

Watt resigned from the school the day after the incident, but never told the school why he was resigning.

Watt was a teacher at at Independent Day School, but Jessi Christiansen, who heads the school, said since March 10, he has "had no affiliation or employment" with the school.

"We have high standards of all our employees and when they are not met we take appropriate steps to maintain those standards. Our approach continues to be working through this matter with the appropriate focus and attention and ensuring that our students continue to thrive in their current program," Christiansen said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Watt was released on a $5,000 bond. He is expected to be arraigned at Middletown Superior Court on May 3.

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