NORTHFIELD Linwood teacher Kimberley Peschi entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to simple assault on student.
Peschi, a Linwood school music teacher, appeared in Northfield Municipal Court.
According to the release, on Feb. 10, Linwood police responded to the Belhaven Avenue Middle School to investigate the alleged assault of a 12-year-old student by a teacher.
On Feb. 15, Kimberley M. Peschi, 40, of Galloway Township, was charged with cruelty and neglect of children, a 4th degree crime, and simple assault, a disorderly persons offense.
Peschi, a Belhaven Avenue Middle School music teacher, is alleged to have stepped on the back of the student’s chair on Feb. 9, pulling both chair and student to the ground, causing the victim to hit his head, according to authorities.
According to the police report, there were eyewitnesses and video of the incident.
The release says that based on investigation, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office will prosecute the assault on the municipal level.
If convicted, Peschi could face as many as six months in jail.
No date for the trial was provided.
School officials have previously said Peschi was suspended with pay after the incident and further action may be taken.
Peschi earlier referred calls for comment to her attorney, Dean Wittman, who could not be reached for comment.
Peschi has worked in the Linwood school district since 1999. She also has taught a yoga class there as part of the school’s Explorations program.