- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County teacher has been accused by school system police of putting a second-grader with autism in a trash can.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://on-ajc.com/1H2B2Yv ) reports 45-year-old Mary Katherine Pursley was arrested Monday and was released on bond Tuesday. Witnesses told police Pursley, who works at Mt. Bethel Elementary, was attempting to calm the child down during an after-school program Thursday afternoon.

An arrest warrant by police says Pursley talked to the student about the Sesame Street character, Oscar The Grouch, and his trashy behavior. The warrant then says Pursley picked up the child by his legs, held him upside-down and put him head-first in a trash can.

A Cobb County school spokeswoman says Pursley is on administrative leave with pay. It is unclear if she has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com


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