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Ex-Texas teacher sentenced for having students hit bully

Published On: Aug 20 2013 03:11:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 03:11:55 PM CDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -

A former San Antonio teacher accused of directing students to hit a schoolmate for being a bully has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Cynthia Ambrose also was ordered Tuesday to serve two years' probation after being convicted in June of official oppression.

Prosecutors said the 44-year-old told her elementary school students in May 2012 to line up and hit the 6-year-old boy so he knows "how it feels to be bullied."
    
State District Judge Sid Harle questioned Ambrose's one-year suspension by the Texas Education Agency. He said the probation reflects his efforts to prevent her from teaching again for two years.
    
He allowed her to serve the jail sentence on work release or to report to the Bexar (bayr) County jail on weekends.