Teacher charged with hitting student in Laurens Co.


A Sanders Middle School teacher has been charged with assault 3rd degree after she was accused of hitting a student Thursday in class.

According to the Superintendent of Laurens District 55, the teacher, Brandy Overmyer is no longer employed by the school.

She was a 7th grade English-language arts teacher who started teaching at Laurens District 55 in the Fall of 2015, according to the school’s website.

Strickland says the case was handed over to the Laurens Police.

A parent reached out to 7 News after she said her child witnessed this happen in class.

Laurens County mother, Kendra Gary, was livid learning a student was hit by a teacher.

“Wow. I thought I was the only one who was supposed to discipline my kids and teach them how to go on the straight and narrow way, not their teachers,” said Gary. “I’m just glad that the police and everyone else got to her before the mom, because if I was the mom, I would want to get at her instead of the police.”

It was the feeling shared by other parents in Laurens County and across the Upstate, as word spread that Overmyer was charged with assaulting a student.

Friday, Laurens District 55 Superintendent, Dr. Billy Strickland, released a statement saying Overmyer was “no longer employed” and that type of behavior “cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Overmyer has no criminal history and no disciplinary action on her teaching license obtained in 2011.

The District says that student is fine.

Laurens Police continues to investigate.

Meanwhile, Overmyer was out on bond, Friday. Her 3RD degree assault charge is a misdemeanor that comes with a 500 dollar fine and or 30 days in jail if convicted.

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