- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A former principal at a Blacksburg elementary school has been found not guilty of assaulting a special needs student.

Carol Kahler had been charged with assault and battery after a teacher reported seeing Kahler slap a third grade student across the face.

The Roanoke Times reports (https://bit.ly/1OmuvZ0 ) the student became disruptive in the middle of a third-grade math class he usually did not attend. At one point, the student spit in Kahler’s face while she was talking to him. The student was also kicking, hitting, cursing and yelling in Kahler’s office.

Kahler denied slapping the child. Her defense attorneys said the teacher who made the allegation against Kahler had a reputation for not telling the truth.

Judge David Mullins said witness credibility was the defining factor in his decision.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com


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