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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2006 7:50 pm | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations that a substitute teacher at Queen Creek Middle School assaulted a student.

Doug Matteson, a spokesman for MCSO, said the sheriff’s office was called about noon on Nov. 21 because of an incident between substitute teacher John Landl, 56, and a 12-year-old male student in a seventh-grade English class.

The incident is being investigated as an assault, Matteson said, and Landl is a suspect.

Matteson said the student was being disruptive in class and Landl asked him to leave. The student “took a little while to get up and leave,” Matteson said.

When the student did get up, Landl allegedly “grabbed him by his upper back/neck area with his hand and pulled him out of the classroom,” Matteson said.

Matteson said the student’s neck had marks and redness on it, but no bruising.

Matteson said when MCSO arrived at Queen Creek Middle School, 20435 S. Ellsworth Road, Landl had left.

Landl has been a substitute teacher with Queen Creek Unified School District for a year and has been a substitute at the middle school since August. He could not be reached for comment.

James Murlless, superintendent of the school district, confirmed that an incident occurred but said he could not comment further because a student was involved. He said results of the investigation will determine the action that will be taken against the teacher.

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