Teacher suspended over boy stuck in chair

A teacher recorded video after a student in Goodrich became stuck in a chair. (Courtesy WNEM - November 2013)
A teacher recorded video after a student in Goodrich became stuck in a chair. (Courtesy WNEM - November 2013)

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan school district has withdrawn its efforts to fire a teacher over a video showing a student stuck in a classroom chair.

Instead teacher Nicole McVey will be suspended for a year.

The Goodrich Area Schools board was to meet in closed session Thursday evening to consider the settlement.

In a letter to the boys’ parents that was obtained by The Associated Press, McVey writes that she’s “truly sorry” for making a “very bad series of choices.”

The video was recorded in November at Oaktree Elementary School and released to a TV station in February. Patrick Greenfelder, a lawyer for the boy’s family, says McVey and Principal Michael Ellis taunted the fifth-grader, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

Ellis resigned. McVey had been fighting the district’s attempt to fire her.

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