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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.

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  • FlyingMonkey

    When I was in 2nd grade we had a subsitute teacher. One of the little girls kept mouthing off and acting up. Instead of sending her to the principal’s office he decided it would serve her better to hold her by her ankles out the window to get her to shut the fuck up. Boy, he taught her a lesson.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that it doesn’t make sense. If the sub punched two kids and pushed a third, you would think that at least ONE child from that class would have mentioned the bizarre happenings to a parent, friend or sibling after school. Why did they all trust the teacher more than anyone else? I’d like to see some official medical or police confirmation on these punches before I take it as fact that it happened. The sub probably was a grouchy meanie and the kids imaginations took over.

  • FlamingFox

    Exactly. Wouldn’t you suppose that the kids who were allegedly punched would at least tell someone? And possibly have markings to show proof? I am on the fence with this one. I feel that pretty soon they are going to have to start putting cameras in classrooms like they do on the school buses to not only make sure our kids are safe, but also that what they are reporting is not a falsehood that could ruin a guy’s life.

  • Athena

    Kids lie. Adults do, too. If a story raises some red flags, it should raise the same amount of scrutiny, regardless of the age of the accuser.

  • Cassy

    I was dragged from the back of the classroom all the way to the front by the hair, feet dragging the whole way, when I was in primary (I was chewing gum), by a substitute. No one mentioned it…I don’t even think I really remembered it by the end of the day. I told my mother after supper. It was tramautic, too. Kids sometimes just forget things until later. That’s the way their minds work.

  • FlamingFox

    One of the children punched was taken to the hospital for contusions to his face and the other threw up in the class after being punched in the stomach.

    Video at link.

  • Anonymous

    When I was in kindergarten there was a rotten little boy in my class who always picked on the girls, including me. Well one weekend my mom had taken me to the arcade and I won a really cool pencil case. The following Monday I’m in class and that little boy took my new pencil case and started running around the classroom with it. Being 5 years old, I ran after him to get it back.

    Seems my grown man teacher, instead of getting my case back and telling the kid not to take things that don’t belong to him, decided it was instead a good idea to grab me, a 5 year old petite girl, by the back of the neck.

    When I got off the bus that afternoon, my dad saw the red marks on my neck and asked me what happened. I started crying and told him. The next day he went into the school for a meeting with the teacher and principle and told the teacher “the next time you wanna put your hands on somebody mother fucker, you put your hands on ME, not my 5 year old daughter!”

    After that school year that teacher started teaching high school…those kids will hit back ;)

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I’m ready to hang this teacher out to dry now. Punching little kids? Send him to my house. I’m having a party and need a pinata.

  • Anonymous

    Just goes to show FF, some kids (very few) can talk to their parents, most wont, most will keep it in and wont trust adults because they think they will get in trouble… maybe yours can but think back, would you have went home and said anything? I wouldnt have said anything to my mom cuz she just would have said shut up… you should not have been acting up in class… you know…

  • Athena

    Objective evidence is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I admit, after the original writeup, I was skeptical. The sources simply didn’t have enough detail. After the video, and knowing there was evidence and witnesses? If untrue, one of those second-graders in the class would have cracked and said the kids made it up. Seriously, Amory needs a ball bat to the belly. Candy for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    I admit, after the original writeup, I was skeptical. The sources simply didn’t have enough detail. After the video, and knowing there was evidence and witnesses? If untrue, one of those second-graders in the class would have cracked and said the kids made it up. Seriously, Amory needs a ball bat to the belly. Candy for everyone.

  • FlamingFox

    I didn’t say I didn’t believe the kids, just that it seemed strange that they waited so long to tell. I know that I cannot be the only parent that asks their kids how their day went. With a classroom of 20-30 some kids, I was surprised that not one spoke about the incident to someone after school that day.

    And when I was in the 3′rd grade, I did tell on my teacher when he refused to let me use the restroom no matter how much I begged. After a very embarrassing and stinky bus ride home, I told my pops what happened. He went to the school and had a talk with the teacher who probably ended up having the same accident I did after my pops was through with him. :)

  • Anonymous

    The kids may not have wanted to admit what they had said or did that caused him to hit them. They could have been afraid they had done something so bad that their parents would be that angry, too. I had a teacher who used to push me around, yank my arms and head, but I didn’t tell my parents because I thought I would get in trouble.

  • Anonymous

    Now I admit, being a teacher & all that there are some kids, courtesy of their parents, that will not follow rule & you just wanna smack their faces so they shut up & stay still in their desk… but the reason WHY the kids got hit doesn’t make sense to me:

    “the stupid board (a technology he didn’t have when teaching) isn’t working so I’ma hit someone else’s kid???”

    Don’t ya’ll think that’s wrong? Oh & in these days that there’s got to be at least ONE spoiled brat/annoying kid that tells all to get his way, you’d think they’d say something TO ANYONE to get attention…

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