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Autism support teacher charged with spitting on Fred Lynn Middle School student | Securities

An autism support teacher at Fred Lynn Middle School has been charged with assault and battery after police say she spat at a student suffering from a mental health crisis.

The incident happened Feb. 4 at the school at 1650 Prince William Parkway during school hours, Prince William County Police Senior Officer Renee Carr said. School Resource Officers conducted the investigation with Prince William County Child Protective Services.

Police say the investigation revealed a 14-year-old boy was suffering from a mental health crisis and had been temporarily restrained by the teacher and other school staff in an attempt to prevent him to harm themselves or others.

After being released, the teacher spat on the student before the parties separated, Carr said. Other school staff were present during the meeting and reported the incident to the school administration who then notified child protective services. The student was not physically injured.

On February 11, police charged Eselyn Maheia, 46, of Kelly Way in Stafford, with assault and battery. She was released on court summons.

In a memo to the school community, Fred Lynn principal Hamish Brewer said the teacher had been on administrative leave since last Friday.