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Kilgore ISD teacher fired after slapping autistic student, official says

From Staff Reports
Dec. 14, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.

A Kilgore ISD teacher was fired Tuesday after slapping a 4-year-old autistic child, Superintendent Jody Clements confirmed Wednesday night.

Kilgore Heights Elementary School had taken its students to visit Santa Claus at the library when the child, a pre-kindergarten student, got out of control, slapped the teacher and she slapped him back, Clements said.

The district had never had any problems with the teacher before this, but it was a situation the district could not tolerate, Clements noted. The district investigated the incident and spoke with the teacher before firing her, he said.

"It was a serious offense and we had to take action," he said.

Names of the teacher and student were not released.



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