CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A teacher reports to police she was punched in the face by a student-- a kindergartner, according to the school.
The teacher works at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School, and according to the police report, the incident has been classified as a simple assault.
Parent Mia Patterson said, "Wow-- just wow. I can't imagine a kindergartner get so upset and want to punch a teacher. That's bad."
Parents are shocked to hear about this through the news and not the school. They say an official note was never sent home. Police were asked to investigate after a 45-year-old teacher was left with minor injuries from being hit in the face with the student's fist.
Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina President says incidents like this are unfortunately becoming too common.
Judy Kidd says, "I'm not surprised. Any teacher has a right to file charges with the SRO if they've been assaulted. It's impossible to teach when you have a student who thinks it's okay to put his hands on a teacher."
In the past six months, we've reported on several incidents caught on video, including an altercation between a coach and students, another teacher who said her car was stolen by a pre-teen, and of course, the disruptive student aggressively confronted by the SRO that has also made headlines recently.
Experts say these types of altercations are on the rise.
"The calls usually happen several times a month; in last couple weeks it's been almost daily. Teachers have rights, too-- have a right to do their job without being in fear of a student," said Kidd.
The school confirmed the student's grade and said the teacher has a right to file a police report.