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Substitute teacher from Penn Yan Elementary School accused of hitting student

A former substitute teacher in the Penn Yan Central School District is accused of hitting a student.

Mary Anne Cooper, 56, of Dundee was charged by Penn Yan police with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

The charges stem from an incident where she allegedly struck a child on May 6. The child reported the incident to school officials.


Police say they were contacted after school officials looked at video footage from the area.

No other children appear to have been in danger after the incident.

Superintendent Howard Dennis said they contacted police as soon as the matter was reported.

“Our number one priority remains the safety of all our students,” Dennis said in the press release. “We will continue to work in partnership with you and the Penn Yan Police Department to create a safe instructional environment, which promotes learning.”



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