Sarasota, FL- Last week, 55-year old William Amory was substituting for a second grade class at Booker Elementary School. For reasons unknown (other than the crotchety old coot probably couldn’t handle a classroom full of eight-year olds), Amory became angry when he could not get to the classroom’s ActivBoard (an interactive whiteboard) to work.
According to the report, Amory threw the remote control and then yelled and cursed at the students. Amory then allegedly punched two of the students and shoved a third child. As far as I can tell, not one of the students said a word about the incident until the following day when their regular teacher returned. As soon as they told their teacher what happened, their teacher alerted the principal who immediately contacted the police. William Amory was arrested on child abuse charges and his bail was set at $30,000.
It does seem strange that not one of these kids said anything to their parents, guardians, or siblings, though. I know it could have been because they were frightened over the alleged ordeal, but there is not one day that goes by that my eight-year old (aka The Informer) doesn’t give me a detailed account of how his day went. The good and the bad. I know not all kids are the same, but surely you would think at least one of them would have tattled on Amory. It just seems strange to me, that’s all.Tags: Child Abuse, Florida, substitute teacher