Boy, 10, says school employee choked him in class

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A 10-year-old special education student's report that he was choked in class by an instructional assistant has prompted an investigation by Seattle police and Seattle Public Schools. The 19-year school district employee is on paid administrative leave.

A police report says the employee is accused of growing angry when the Hawthorne Elementary fourth grader said to himself on Monday, "I hate this teacher." The child told police the male employee wrapped his hands around the boy's neck and picked him up by the neck. The boy says the employee threatened to choke him again if he reported what happened.

The boy told his mother when he got home and she called police. The Seattle Times reports that police "observed scratches and bruising" on the boy's neck. Neither the boy nor the employee was identified.

District spokeswoman Teresa Wippel says the "safety and security of our children is obviously our primary concern."

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com