Ala. teacher cleared in taping together students


PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — A sixth-grade teacher in Phenix City says she's thankful to be cleared of child abuse charges, and it came after a lot of praying.

First-year teacher Sierra Pettway taped two students together by their forearms in December in an attempt to help them get along. She self-reported the incident to the students' parents and school officials. She ended up getting charged with two counts of willful abuse of a child. A Russell County grand jury dropped the case Tuesday, and she can keep her job.

Pettway told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ( ) that she wanted the two students to get along, but she used poor judgment. She said the self-reported the incident because her mother always told her that she would rather hear about something from her than from someone else.

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