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Former teacher sentenced to 30 days in jail

SAN ANTONIO -- A former teacher has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and 2 years probation for official oppression.

According to prosecutors, 44-year-old Cynthia Ambrose, who was a kindergarten teacher at Salinas Elementary in the Judson Independent School District, instructed other students to line up and take turns hitting a student she said was being a bully. Investigators say approximately 7 children hit the child.

Prosecutors had asked for Ambrose to serve 90 days in jail, just the court granted Ambrose's request for probation. 

"We in law enforcement spend every day trying to break the cycle of violence, and teaching that violence is not the appropriate way to deal with problems," District Attorney Susan Reed stated. "Every child present in that classroom is a victim, because each of those impressionable minds was taught by Ms. Ambrose that violence is the way.  Our teachers are better than that."
The court did prohibit Ambrose from being employed or being a volunteer in any position involving children. 
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