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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:09 am | Updated: 1:37 pm, Tue May 21, 2013.

An Orange County substitute teacher has been arrested on charges she assaulted students at Locust Grove Middle School last week.

County resident Laurie Millard, 49, faces six counts each of assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is free on $6,000 unsecured bond. No one was seriously hurt, authorities said.

Orange County deputies were called to the school Thursday to investigate a complaint that Millard assaulted students in a sixth-grade math class, authorities said.

“The contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges were brought because of the abuse of the children,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Authorities arrested Millard on Saturday, according to court documents. The records do not describe exactly how the students were assaulted or what started the incident.

At the request of the county prosecutor, Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos declined to release further details Monday. Orange school officials also declined to comment specifically on the matter.

“We are not permitted by state law to discuss personnel matters in the media. However, the school system has taken appropriate action to address the concerns presented in this situation,” S. Yvonne Dawson, director of human resources for the Orange County Public Schools, said by email.

Dawson would comment neither on Millard’s current employment status nor how long she had worked for the school system. She also refused comment on whether the middle school was Millard’s regular place of employment or how many students were in the class at the time of the incident.

Millard is due in Orange Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court next week. Attempts to reach Millard at her home Monday were unsuccessful.

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