A Riley Elementary School teacher was charged with simple battery Monday after a nearly monthlong investigation into her alleged abuse of a 12-year-old special needs student, according to the Macon Police Department.
Quebec D. Jacobs, 37, of Warner Robins, was taken into custody about 10:30 a.m., according to Bibb County jail records. She later was released on $650 bond late in the afternoon.
Jacobs has not been fired from her job and is still pending a due process hearing with school officials, which is required of certified teachers, said Bibb County schools deputy superintendent Sylvia McGee.
According to a police report, a college intern in Jacob's fifth-grade special education classroom told officers she watched on Nov. 2 as Jacobs grabbed a 12-year-old boy by the back of the shirt and twisted the fabric until it tightened around his throat.
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When the boy tried to say he couldn't breathe, Jacobs released her hold on the shirt and grabbed the boy's arms and put them behind his head, saying "that's what the police will do," according to the report.
Jacobs then pushed the boy to the ground and positioned her knee on his chest, pushing on it until he had trouble breathing, according to the report.
At some point, Jacobs is reported to have told her class that she didn't like the student and that she "would make his life hard," according to the report.
Jacobs, who has taught with the Bibb County school system for two years, has been on leave from teaching since early this month while the Bibb County Board of Education Police and Macon police investigated, McGee said.
"Certainly when there is an allegation you want to make sure its followed up in fairness to everyone," she said. "We certainly don't ignore the complaint."
McGee said she wouldn't characterize the incident as a teacher choking her student.
"I wouldn't characterize it as choking with a person putting two hands around the neck," she said. "I would characterize it as inappropriate."
The system takes child abuse allegations very seriously, she added.