Ex-teacher charged with assaulting student

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A now former teacher is charged with assault after Metro police say he pushed a student up against a wall.  

It happened in March in Nashville but the teacher and student are both from Clarksville Academy.  

The alleged incident happened while the school was on a field trip for the Youth and Government Conference and staying overnight at the Renaissance Hotel.  

According to the arrest affidavit, teacher Robert Neitzke was standing in the hallway of the hotel with about 15 students trying to explain what the plan was for the next day.  

The conversation took place around 11 p.m. and one of the students is reported as saying, “Can we hurry this up?”  

According to the report, Neitzke started to grab the student, but instead said, “It would be funny if your head hit the wall.” 

The arrest affidavit indicates the teacher backed off but then grabbed the student by the neck and pushed him against the wall.  

The student told him to get off and reported to police that he didn’t have any marks, but was uncomfortable because his neck was being squeezed.  

Police interviewed the students and said they gave a similar story about what happened. 

A spokesperson for Clarksville Academy said as soon as it learned about the suspected confrontation, the Neitzke was immediately placed on administrative leave. He has since submitted his letter of resignation and the school has accepted it.  

“Clarksville Academy continues to work with the authorities as the investigation is ongoing. The safety and best interest of our students is always our number one priority, ” said Sally Allen, Director of Marketing and Development of Clarksville Academy.  

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