Fla. substitute teacher denies punching students

Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.

SARASOTA, Fla. — A substitute teacher in Sarasota is disputing allegations that he punched two students and pushed another.

William Amory's attorney says the 55-year-old was trying to maintain order and used his hand to keep one child away from another. Lawyer Derek Byrd blames the incident on a group of unruly students and the difficulties substitute teachers face.

According to authorities, Amory was teaching a second grade class at Booker Elementary School earlier this month when he became angry because he couldn't get the classroom's interactive whiteboard to work. He allegedly threw the remote control, yelled and cursed at students, then became physical with three of them.

Amory was released from jail Friday after posting a $30,000 bond. He faces three counts of child abuse.

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