Did This Teacher Cross the Line?

Act 5: Cynthia Ambrose was accused of ordering her kindergarten students to hit another student.
6:53 | 10/04/13

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The mob's got a phrase for -- ordering a hit. But that took on an all new meeting this past summer when a Texas teacher was accused of ordering kids to literally hit a fellow student at kindergarten are. So is John Quinones lays out the story who are you going to believe the veteran teacher -- the child. Where -- -- -- the kids I'm -- Cynthia Ambrose. -- a kindergarten teacher who earned a reputation for being the enforcers. In this elementary. You don't for the cup of ice -- that she kept him. Some say she was just is infamous for a kind of ice water coursing through her veins. Were you tough on the kids is they -- travel time out. But now it's the teacher who's being given that time -- for the first time in her eleven year career. For an incident that would not only cost her her job but Lander and -- Fordham law should do you miss those students in the -- Concerning to everybody the kids are scared her she misunderstood what was appropriately disciplined child how would you describe her. As having crossed a line. That no teacher she crossed. It was an intentional walk. You know backfired -- me. -- neatly may not look like -- -- as he tackles -- monkey bars but that's exactly how school officials hated him. When he attended kindergarten that Salinas elementary back in May of 2012 -- -- I recently met -- he was by all appearances a home life poised to perfectly behaved little boy. When you grow up what you want to be. Football what. But back on that spring morning gains teacher Barbara Ramirez received complaints -- -- was bullying others students. So she took him directly to Cynthia -- For a healthy dose of her trademark and tough love. Customers walked into my class. Upset talk -- -- how he had punched some girl sidekicks from Malaysia and also would be limited -- you'll understand. In keeping with their -- Ambrose takes discipline to a whole new level she stands -- in front of the class and makes an outrageous appeal. To her students. I turned around and -- -- pretty rational purify expect -- a heads. You know and I would -- to -- NSA would -- which like your friends is an issue. Sure enough -- was student took the dare and so at least six year old Lleyton was under assault -- have prayer and fast. And I hear it. -- -- baby is horrified by what she says happens next. Consumers it upon herself to have her kids -- have been. -- -- some in the face. Some in the back -- on his head. He says -- him twice. Word spread and Ambrose suddenly found herself and the principal's office and get to -- -- After I started cracking. And it can right now -- sad and angry mother hit back. My stomach in knots but the boy's mom says that is not enough talking to any news organization wanted to listen to. Teachers going to be back in the school system and -- other children. Ambrose was ultimately suspended and left Salinas elementary but that wasn't enough for district attorney Susan read. We have not had a case like this before. And I felt it was imperative. That the state speak up about. In June Ambrose was put on trial accused of encouraging multiple students to hit patent that day but -- you think -- was about to fall on her sword. Think again how many kids did them. That Aaron one. Only one that's a far cry from what immediately would -- -- sympathetic jury he was the prosecution's. Star witness do you remember other kids getting out and slapping -- in the OK Jean Marie how many kids did it. -- -- The prosecution also called the only other adult eye witness that teacher who brought 82 Ambrose -- class that day. Barbara Ramirez and she had her own damning account. She she's. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah -- -- you did you say those now. Not expecting them to do now I'm just sorry isn't. -- -- -- Is -- -- law. Yes she scared she humiliated and no chance that this could have been misconstrued. That maybe it was a misunderstanding. Kindergarten student. I think the misunderstandings on the part of the -- she misunderstood what was appropriate and disciplining a child. During the trial Ambrose says she visit the church adjacent to the courthouse. Once unbending disciplinary. On bended knee and -- him. Trained -- you know. It came back. -- -- -- But the truth in the jury's eyes took less than an hour to -- after only 36 minutes of deliberation. They found Cynthia -- guilty of official oppression. A class a misdemeanors in Texas. They don't believe that you were telling the truth why should we. I just -- Hadn't harder hit. The judge however -- -- by Ambrose -- story. This is absolutely a parents worst nightmare. -- in their children to you. -- -- -- -- In August Ambrose was sentenced to thirty days in jail in two years probation ensuring that she won't be able to teach again in Texas for at least that long. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There's a live her talk about what happened the day anymore. Sometimes -- try to me and say mommy -- -- leave me in classroom. And because of that Amy says she pulled -- out of Salinas elementary. He's now at a new school with the new teachers and new friends. People are nicer it's. You -- that you once since the embryos to never teach again yes she and Amy there aren't any children. Is -- a monster. This -- -- -- -- as she just made the wrong call that day.

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