Teacher Says She Doesn't Regret Punching Student in Face
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A Florida teacher is off the hook for punching a student in the face, but whether she'll get to return to her job is still in question.
Prosecutors decided to drop their case against art teacher Sandy Hadsock, 64, saying a student's cell phone video of the confrontation last month, along with witness statements, show she acted in self defense, "Today" reports.
"I told you, step back," the much taller boy shouts at Hadsock before she busts his lip.
The student has not been identified, according to "Today," but other students in the classroom say he backed the teacher up against a wall, calling her "vulgar" names.
Initially arrested and charged with felony child abuse, Hadsock -- who was voted the school's teacher of the year last year by students -- was placed on leave -- her first disciplinary action in 23 years with the Hernando County school district, according to the news show.
But, despite, the charges being dropped, school officials tell "Today" they have not yet decided if she'll be allowed to return to the school.
"Certainly, our evaluation and our determination is based on what's best in the interest of the students in this school district," Brayan Blavatt, Hernando County Schools superintendent, tells the news show.
Hadsock tells "Today" the tape only captured a very small portion of the incident, and that the teen had made physical contact with her before she swung.
"I was afraid because of the look in his face," she tells the show. "It was very vicious and violent looking. But I've been teaching all these years. I never assumed that he would attack me. But he just came on and, like, chest bumped me."
Hadsock tells "Today" she was surprised the school did not support her.
"...I felt really strung out there except for my union representative," she tells the show.
Still, she says she wants to return to Central High School in Brooksville, Fla.
"I do want my job back because of the large percentage of students that are wonderful human beings, that are going to grow up and be productive, healthy, happy citizens and love art, that love me," she tells "Today." "I love them in return and it's a small faction of students that's making it so bad all across the nation."
And, Hadsock adds, she doesn't regret her actions.
"I'm really sorry that I was put in a situation where that's what I felt like I had to do," she tells "Today." "I had to defend myself from this violent person."
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