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Cops: Northport teacher Susan Lawrence arrested on endangering charge

A Northport Middle School teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk police said.

Susan Lawrence, 64, of East Northport, was accused of grabbing a female student by the arm Thursday and pulling her, police said.

Marylou McDermott, the Northport-East Northport school district superintendent, said in a prepared statement that the incident took place Thursday as the student got off a school bus. The teacher was re-assigned to home, pending an investigation, she said.

Lawrence could not be reached for comment.

School Board President Stephen Waldenburg said he believes Lawrence has been a teacher in the district for more than 20 years.

"We all want the facts to come out," Waldenburg said. "I want a thorough investigation to be done, and I'm not giving any judgement until after that's completed."

Endangering the welfare of a child is a Class A misdemeanor under New York State law, punishable by up to one-year in jail upon conviction.

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