Sarasota substitute teacher charged with child abuse

January 14th, 2011 by Staff


SARASOTA – A substitute teacher at Booker Elementary School has been arrested on three counts of child abuse on students in a 2nd grade class.

According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s report, 55-year-old William Amory of Sarasota is responsible for punching two male students in the stomach or chest and shoving one female student.

The report states that on January 6th, Amory was working in a 2nd grade class when he was unable to get the “Active Board” to work properly. Students attempted to help Amory, who responded by throwing the remote in frustration, yelled and cursed at the students, and punched and shoved three students.

One of the punched boys reportedly vomited, and the other later went to the doctor with chest pains.

The victims were between the ages of 7 and 8 years old, and were not allowed to leave the classroom to get help. The students alerted the principal the next day about the incident.

Amory was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on Thursday and faces three felony charges of Child Abuse.
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