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Pasco County math teacher suspended over water spraying incident



Sms_spray Chasco Middle School math teacher Marty Richardson has taught in Pasco County schools since 1986 with only good marks in her evaluations.

As she nears retirement, though, Richardson finds herself on paid administrative leave and under investigation by the Pasco Sheriff's Office, accused of intentionally spraying water from a water bottle onto a student.

The incident took place Tuesday.

School district and Sheriff's Office officials confirm the case, but say they can't offer many details while the investigation is ongoing. An insider (who asked not to be named) told the Gradebook that Richardson had asked a student who was known to have discipline issues to stop texting in class, and the situation escalated after the student refused.

Richardson could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this week, the Pasco School Board talked about the need to find appropriate places to educate students who interfere with classes where teachers want to teach and classmates want to learn.

But is there a line to be drawn between misbehaving students and teachers who react to them? If the board could find room to forgive a teacher who admitted to manhandling a foul-mouthed student, what's the proper reaction to this case (if it happened as described)?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:49am]


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