LCSD

LEXINGTON, S.C. – A Lexington County middle school teacher was cited Friday in connection with the assault of a student.

Christine Marie Rivers, 51, is charged with third-degree assault and battery, according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon.

“The teacher reached out to the school resource officer at Beechwood Middle School Friday afternoon to share that an incident happened between she and a student during class,” Koon said. “The SRO then notified school administrators and began a review of security cam video.”

The video shows a gym class student not doing warmup exercises with other students, according to the incident report.

“Rivers can be seen in the video walking over to the student, grabbing his hair and pulling him to a different spot on the gym floor as he moved along on his hands and knees,” Koon said.

Rivers released the student’s hair and continued to lead the class in the exercise, according to the report. Rivers told the SRO she called the student’s mother to tell her about the incident and apologize. The mother told the SRO she wanted to pursue charges against Rivers.

The SRO cited Rivers, who was asked to leave campus and placed on administrative leave by Lexington County School District One.

Rivers will appear in Lexington County Magistrate Court Dec. 1.