Judson teacher investigated over slapping incident

Teacher Cynthia Ambrose has not been formally charged

SAN ANTONIO - An investigation is underway in the case of a teacher accused of telling students to hit a fellow classmate.

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The alleged incident happened at Salinas Elementary within Judson ISD on May 2. The parents of the 6-year-old boy say the teacher, Cynthia Ambrose, instructed students to line up and hit their son as a form of discipline.

The child’s parents say the boy might have been roughhousing with another classmate prior to the incident.

Judson ISD presented the case to the Bexar County District Attorney on Thursday. DA Susan Reed says the details left her in disbelief.

“Shock. I was just dismayed,” said Reed. “And I think my comment was, ‘You never know what people are going to do.’”

Reed says, as of now, Ambrose is under investigation for “official oppression,” a misdemeanor charge.

However, the DA’s office will continue to gather evidence to see whether this should be upgraded to a case of “injury to a child causing bodily injury,” which is a third-degree felony.

“I’ve never had an instance where the teacher thinks the way we discipline kids is to have the classmates beat the child up,” said Reed.

Reed plans to present the case to a grand jury after further investigation.

Judson ISD could not be reached for comment Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, Ambrose had not been formally charged.


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