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A middle school teacher in Stockton is being accused of slapping a student in class. News10/KXTV

STOCKTON, Calif. - A middle school teacher in Stockton is being accused of slapping a student in class.

Stockton police and school administrators at McAuliffe Middle School are investigating the incident involving a seventh-grade teacher and her student. The altercation happened during class on Monday.

The school's principal said the teacher smacked the student's hand away, hitting his chest.

Administrators say the student had his hand in the teacher's face first. They are not sure if he was trying to grab her attention but she slapped his hand down.

It's unclear if she felt threatened.

The principal said this was a minor situation, but the boy's parents were upset enough to call the police to come out and investigate.

Parents outside the school had mixed reactions to the exchange. After hearing the story, some felt the teacher went too far while others are coming to her defense.

"If that was my student, I would not be happy if that teacher did that to my daughter," said parent Felemarie Buenviaje. "She could have said, 'put your hand down and let's go to the principal's office.'"

"I really don't think the teacher was trying to harm the student. If so, I think she would have done more than just slap his hand," said Renotta Love.

School administrators say they have no reason to believe this was an act of aggression against the student.

The teacher is expected to be back in class on Tuesday.

School resource officers will also be following up on their investigation.

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