Florida teacher cleared of child abuse charges after punching student

The St. Petersburg (Florida) Times reports:

Three weeks after the incident was caught on a student’s cell phone videocamera, the State Attorney’s Office has decided not to file criminal charges against [Brooksville, FL teacher Sandra] Hadsock, who had been arrested on a single count of child abuse.

Hadsock landed at least one punch on the student’s face, causing a minor cut on his lip, authorities said. But the video doesn’t provide conclusive evidence that the 64-year-old veteran teacher wasn’t acting in self-defense when she swung at the student who called her vulgar names, prosecutor Brian Trehy said.

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