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Pierce County prosecutor won’t file charges against Kopachuck Middle School teacher

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
November 6, 2012 4:32 pm

No criminal charges will be filed against a Kopachuck Middle School teacher who was accused of participating in a classroom bullying incident captured on student cell phone videos, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said today.

The incident occurred in February. Videos showed students carrying an eighth-grade boy around by his arms and legs, trapping him beneath overturned chairs, pulling off his socks and more. At times, teacher John Rosi joined in, the videos showed.

The Peninsula School District suspended Rosi for 10 days without pay after the incident. But Randy and Karla Kinney, parents of the boy shown on the receiving end of the classroom misbehavior in the videos, claimed that the school district did not treat the incident seriously. They contend the incident went beyond classroom horseplay, and crossed into bullying.

Lindquist said in a news release that “while this is unacceptable conduct in a classroom, it’s not criminal conduct under the law.”

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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