(STARTRIBUNE) — A longtime substitute teacher was found guilty Monday of maliciously punishing students at a Bloomington elementary school, where authorities say she kicked a fifth-grade student in the shin and slapped another in the face.
Laura Kirstine Avery, 60, was found guilty on four charges by Hennepin County District Judge Lyonel Norris. She was acquitted on a charge of tampering with a witness.
According to the charges, a Bloomington school employee found four students crying in the hallway at Oak Grove Elementary on Dec. 13, 2012.
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The students told her that Avery swore at them in the classroom and threatened to slap them if they didn’t do what she asked.