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Charges dropped against Pasco teacher accused of child abuse

NEW PORT RICHEY — The State Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a Pasco elementary music teacher accused of dragging a boy across the floor and leaving a scratch on his arm.

C. Haring, 60, of 8141 Delaware Drive in Weeki Wachee, was arrested in February and charged with child abuse. She was later released after posting $5,000 bail.

On Tuesday, prosecutors said "the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution at this time."

According to her arrest report, Haring dragged a 10-year-old Calusa Elementary student about 5 feet to a spot where she wanted him to sit on the floor.

He was left with a 2-inch scratch, which he thought came from Haring's fingernail. School officials learned about the incident a day later when three students, upset over what they'd seen happen to their classmate, told the principal.

Haring was placed on administrative leave with pay, and Pasco school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said on Wednesday that Haring will not automatically be sent back to the classroom.

"Employee relations staff will review the case files and make a recommendation to the superintendent whether or not to reinstate her," Cobbe said in an email. "She could be moved to a different school, too."

Charges dropped against Pasco teacher accused of child abuse 03/12/14 [Last modified: Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:27pm]
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