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No charges against NC teacher in assault case

HAYESVILLE, NC (AP) — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a Clay County teacher who tied a student to a chair and taped the child’s mouth shut.

District Attorney Michael Bonfoey says he agrees with the sheriff’s office that music teacher Lindsey Cope broke no laws.

Bonfoey says Cope was trying to control a disruptive student. The prosecutor says while Cope’s approach may not have been the best one, it was not a crime.

The prosecutor and Sheriff Vic Davis say the child’s family asked that no charges be filed.

Cope was suspended Oct. 26 after parents complained to school officials that their children saw her tie a student to a chair. Cope was Hayesville Middle School’s teacher of the year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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