Community Shows Support For A Voorheesville Teacher Accused Of Biting A Student
50-year-old Michael Guerette, a fifth grade teacher at Voorheesville School, was accused of biting a female student back in December. He was arrested and booked by the Albany County Sherriff’s Department endangering the welfare of a child.
In an interview with Julie Chapman from YNN, he has been getting dozens of e-mails showing support, outrage and shock from students and parents in the Voorheesville Central School District, about the actions taken against him. Guerette was arm wrestling with one of his students, as a bet. If the student won, he would have had no homework. When they started to arm wrestle, more students started to pile on, and that’s when the girl’s arm came from behind and her arm came in contact with Guerette’s teeth.
James Knox is the defense attorney, and said that “it’s ridiculous that this man’s reputation is being shattered. It’s ridiculous that people can’t look at this and realize this was an accident. It’s time to move on and time to let this man get back to his job.”
Besides being a teacher, he’s also a JV soccer coach, and has been suspended since the incident. Mr. Guerette will be entering a not guilty plea when he has his court appearance on Tuesday in Voorheesville Village Court.
By the sounds of if, it was an accident. I’m glad to see that he has all of the support of the students and parents.