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Sock ’Em or Stone ’Em

William Amory, 55, a second-grade substitute teacher in Sarasota, Fla., got frustrated with the classroom’s ActivBoard interactive whiteboard. “Students tried to help the defendant, but he became upset and angry,” a police report about the resulting mayhem noted. Amory allegedly threw the board’s remote control, and yelled and cursed at the students. He then allegedly assaulted three students, aged 7 and 8, punching one in the stomach hard enough to make him vomit, sending another to the emergency room with chest bruises, and shoving the third hard enough to knock her into a chair. He faces three counts of child abuse. Amory has two previous complaints against him: one for swearing at students, and another for reading students the Bible rather than class material. Meanwhile, Michelle Whitmire, 51, of Golden, Colo., is a little more popular with students. The cafeteria manager at Jefferson High School has a medical marijuana license, and according to a statement from a teen next door, she “gives it to all the kids” — including elementary students. Whitmire is facing charges of distribution of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (MS/Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Denver Post) ...Rule #1 of teaching: you should care about children.
Original Publication Date: 13 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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