Ruling: Teacher accused of slapping student acted appropriately

04/17/2008 | Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

An Indiana teacher did not commit battery when she grasped a 15-year-old student's chin to stop her from yelling profanities at classmates, the state's Court of Appeals ruled in a 2 to 1 vote. The girl accused gym teacher Paula J. Fettig of slapping her, but a lower court judge had dismissed the charges, saying the educator's behavior was appropriate, and that she had simply used "touching to restore order and redirect the focus of the class."

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