San Antonio-area kindergarten teacher indicted in student bullying case

San Antonio-area kindergarten teacher indicted in student bullying case

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Posted on December 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 2:19 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A former Judson ISD kindergarten teacher has been indicted by a Bexar County Grand Jury on charges of official oppression.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said that on May 2 43-year-old Cynthia Ambrose instructed her kindergarten class at Salinas Elementary to line up and hit 6-year-old Aiden Neely as punishment for acting like a bully.

According to authorities, at least seven kindergartners did as they were told and hit the child.

"This was her attempt at somehow teaching that student not to hit other students, so as you can imagine it was not the best teaching technique," said Bexar County assistant district attorney Adriana Biggs.

Though the victim did not sustain any injuries, a teacher reported the incident to authorities, and Judson ISD police investigated.

Information on the indictment was released by the D.A.'s Office Tuesday afternoon.

Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

Ambrose is no longer employed by Judson ISD.

Biggs said any possible plea deal with Ambrose will include the surrender of her Texas teaching certificate.

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