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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI) – A former elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after ordering students to hit and punch a classmate accused of bullying.
Cynthia Ambrose, a former teacher at San Antonio’s Salinas Elementary School, will also serve two years probation and won’t be allowed to work with children in the future.
Prosecutors had asked that Ambrose be ordered to serve 90 days in jail in addition to probation, but the judge rejected that request.
Ambrose was convicted of ordering pupils in another teacher’s class to line up and punch the boy, who the other teacher said was a disciplinary problem.
When the students did not hit the boy hard enough to suit Ambrose, she encouraged them to ‘hit him harder.’
“We in law enforcement spend every day trying to break the cycle of violence and teaching that violence is not the appropriate way to deal with problems,” District Attorney Susan Reed said. “Every child present in that classroom is a victim because each of those impressionable minds was taught by Ms. Ambrose that violence is the way. Our teachers are better than that.”
Ambrose was also forbidden from being employed as a teacher or volunteer in any position involving children.
She could have gotten a year in jail.