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Saint Peter school teacher charged with assault

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Saint Peter school teacher charged with assault

A teacher at Saint Peter high school has been charged with assault and malicious punishment of a child.

According to a criminal complaint filed today in Nicollet County, Robert Shoemaker hit a male student on the head with an 11-pound backpack.

Court documents say the incident happened on September 26th. According to the criminal complaint, the victim told authorities the class had viewed a slide show and were taking notes. The complaint goes on to say the victim was feeling ill and tired, so he put his head down on his desk. At one point, the victim was allegedly struck on the head with a backpack by Shoemaker. Shoemaker then began yelling at the 17-year-old boy.

After being struck, according to the complaint, Shoemaker asked the boy if he was a leader on the football and wrestling teams. The boy replied he was. The complaint goes on to say Shoemaker told the boy he needed to be a leader in the classroom.

The complaint goes on to say at the end of class, Shoemaker asked the boy to stay after. Shoemaker then allegedly told the boy he had a temper and asked if the 17-year-old could see that now. Court documents go on to say Shoemaker said he was sorry it came to the point where he threw the backpack at the boy.

The criminal complaint says the boy was discharged from an emergency room with a neck contusion.

When a Saint Peter police officer attempted to take a statement from Shoemaker, he declined.

Shoemaker is scheduled to make an upcoming court appearance on the charges on November 19th at 8:30 A.M.

We will have more on this story on KEYC News 12 Midday and on our 5:00 and 6:00 broadcasts.