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Teacher Accused Of Punching And Kicking Student
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 8, 2005

MIDLAND, TEXAS--A former Midland High School special education teacher has been arrested and charged with felony injury to a disabled person for allegedly punching and kicking one of her students.

Thursday's Midland Reporter Telegraph reported that police arrested Vickie Jeanice Ash on July 1, following an investigation into claims by a coworker that she engaged in unprofessional conduct in February.

An affidavit filed by Midland Police and Adult Protective Services stated that teaching assistants assigned to Ash's classroom told investigators they saw Ash place the student in a cold shower to wash peanut butter from his hair. Then they saw her punch the student in the stomach. When the student returned to the classroom, the aides said, they saw Ash kick him in the lower back causing him to fall forward onto a table.

The crime carries penalties ranging from 180 days in jail to life in prison and a fine of $10,000, the paper noted.

Ash was place on administrative leave in February. She later resigned.


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