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TECEC Student Intends to Sue Trumbull [Updated]

Police said a Trumbull Early Childhood Education teacher pushed the 3-year-old's head down onto her desk. The child later claimed injuries.

TECEC Student Intends to Sue Trumbull [Updated]

Editor's note: A previous version of the story identified the girl, but her name has been retracted. Trumbull Patch regrets the error.

As the criminal charge against Jean Marie Pulaski proceeds, the parent of the child she's accused of abusing is planning to sue the town, the school superintendent and the Board of Education.

Pulaski, 48, a veteran teacher, is accused of pushing the child's head down on her desk. She's charged with breach of the peace and her case was continued to Sept. 21 in Bridgeport Superior Court. Pulaski, who is free on $10,000 bond, has applied for a special form of probation for first-time alleged offenders that results in dismissal of the charges.

She is on leave from TECEC.

The child's parent, Athena Perez-Zamri, alleges that on April 24, 2012, the child left her seat in a TECEC classroom and the teacher "forcefully grasped [her] by the shoulders and reseated her. Ms. Pulaski then lifted the chair and roughly pushed it closer to the table then grabbed [her] hair and pushed her head down striking her head on the table top while harshly speaking to [her] in front of the class and the school nurse."

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According to the Connecticut Post newspaper, "Pulaski's lawyer,  William Westcott, objected to the continuance. 'Mrs. Pulaski continues to maintain she didn't do anything wrong and that is consistent with the school's findings,' he said later. 'But she certainly recognizes this case has upset the mother of the child.'"

The girl sustained "physical and emotional injury including a mark behind the right ear and a black and blue lip which required medical attention," said Attorney Robert A. Photos, in a filing with the Trumbull Town Clerk.

The filing does not specify damages sought.

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