LINWOOD — A South Jersey teacher has been suspended without pay after being accused of pulling a chair from under a student.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that Kimberley Peschi, 40, a music teacher at the Bellhaven Middle School in Linwood was charged with cruelty and neglect of children and simple assault for the Feb. 9 incident, in which the student suffered a head injury after hitting the floor.

The report said Peschi has worked for the Linwood district since 1999 and also teaches a yoga class.

According to the district website, Peschi is a graduate of Rider University's Westminster Choir College and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and is the cantor of her church.

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