Barrington police charge teacher after altercation

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Barrington police charged Jacquelyn Pereira, 53, of 11 Church St., with simple assault or battery and disorderly conduct, after an incident at Sowams Elementary School last month.

Police allege that Ms. Pereira, a teacher at the school, grabbed another teacher’s arm during a brief exchange on Thursday, April 17. According to the report, Ms. Pereira approached the alleged victim in a school hallway at about 11:15 a.m. while the teacher was escorting a group of second-graders to their classroom.

Police said Ms. Pereira began speaking to the other teacher in a heated manner and when that person began walking away, she grabbed the individual’s arm. Police said the subject also uttered some curse words.

The report stated that the alleged victim pulled her arm away and continued down the hallway and that nothing further happened.

The alleged victim filed a complaint against Ms. Pereira. Police took witness statements and Ms. Pereira turned herself in on Tuesday, April 29.

Barrington Schools Superintendent Michael Messore said he could not comment on details surrounding the situation.

“It is a personnel matter and is under investigation,” he said.

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