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May 16, 2013

Teacher in W.Va. 'bad fort kid' incident rehired

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Wood County teacher who put a box labeled "bad kid fort" around a special-needs student will return to the classroom in the fall.

The county Board of Education unanimously voted this week to rehire Amanda Terrell, a move that reversed a March decision to not renew the Parkersburg High School teacher's contract.

Terrell had been suspended for five days without pay earlier this year.

Beth Dean and Jeff Richards have said a teacher humiliated their 15-year-old son, who has Asperger's syndrome, when she put the cardboard box around his seat because of his behavior in the classroom.

Board member Tad Wilson said that he agreed with Schools Superintendent Pat Law's recommendation to add Terrell to the rehire list for the 2013-2014 academic year.

"I thought it was the right decision," Wilson told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel ( ).

Parkersburg High administrators and a teachers' union both endorsed Terrell as a good teacher, Wilson said.

"I agree the punishment was handled and we should give her the opportunity to teach at Parkersburg High," Wilson said.

Terrell was one of three teachers who were not on the rehire list approved by the board in March. Jesse Young, another Parkersburg High School who was suspended over a student dance video, also was added to the rehire list this week. Law said the third teacher, who was not identified, will not be rehired.

A May 21 hearing scheduled on a grievance filed by Terrell has been cancelled.

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