Bloomington sub teacher Laura Avery convicted of beating up, swearing at fifth-graders

Categories: Crime, Education
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Laura Avery
Yes, substitute teaching is a thankless and stressful job. But still.
Today, Hennepin County Judge Lyonel Norris convicted former Bloomington substitute teacher Laura Avery, 60, of four counts of malicious punishment of children for going into meltdown mode while trying to deal with a bunch of fifth-graders last year.

THE BACKSTORY: Bloomington sub teacher allegedly went berzerk, told 5th graders she's "tired of this fucking crap"

While subbing at Bloomington's Oak Grove Elementary on December 13, 2012, Avery, a licensed teacher for more than 25 years with no previous history of misconduct, "began cursing at her [fifth grade] classroom full of students when they were acting up," KARE reported at the time. Things only got worse from there.

According to a WCCO report, before the day was through, Avery told students she was "tired of this fucking crap" and "didn't give a fuck" about their names.

But the ugliness went beyond verbal abuse.

A Hennepin County release details how Avery got physical with at least four students:
Judge Norris found that Avery kicked 11-year-old L.S. in the shin as he walked to recess. It raised a bruise and the student spent the afternoon with a school health associate. Judge Norris found that Avery pulled the hair, slapped the face and grabbed the throat of 10-year-old K.R.T. A 10-year-old, identified as E.G., was escorted to a quiet room by Avery and she grabbed him by the neck and pushed him into the room. Ten-year-old T.S. also was escorted to the quiet room and Avery grabbed his left shoulder, causing him immediate, sharp pain. Photos taken several hours later showed red marks on the front and back of his shoulder, according to the judge's findings.
Other than that, the day went smoothly!

Avery faces a year behind bars for each of the four counts. Her sentencing hearing hasn't yet been scheduled.

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McHale Ann
McHale Ann

I had a teacher who lost our tests we had already taken and a girl in class offered to help him look for them and he screamed at her in front of everyone "NO. If I don't know where they are, they are lost. You'll just have to retake them!". So yes, it is always the children.

Michael Svercl
Michael Svercl

I can just hear the little bastards... " Guys I bet we can make her bat shit crazy!"

Mariana Binus
Mariana Binus

They only talk about what she did, how about the whole story?

Joshua Fest
Joshua Fest

I ain't gonna lie. KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BASTARDS.

Michael Svercl
Michael Svercl

This is what vallum was intended to minimiumize.

Katsi Duzynski
Katsi Duzynski

What a shame. Perhaps it was high time for her to retire - and find something else to do - instead of taking her anger and frustration out on children. There are some women and men whom should never, ever be teachers and especially substitutes. As well as parents, for that matter.

Clinton Little
Clinton Little

Sounds to me like someone finally applied some discipline. Too bad she has to do time for it.

Braggi
Braggi

Well if you are wondering where the parents are I am right here.  My son was the one who was kicked in the shins.  He was trying to comfort a friend who was crying. I know all these children, and have had them over to my house.   They are good kids.  This lady is a crazy psycho and should never be allowed to teach again.

Kelly Nordstrom
Kelly Nordstrom

Maybe we should move her to another school like they do the priests, the world has gone mental

Brent Abbott
Brent Abbott

Gee and she looks like such a nice lady...

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

Totally!!!!! I hear Catholic priests are good with kids! Nuns NEVER beat the hell out of kids in school! Just ask any baby boomer! Ha! Genius.

Terri Garcia
Terri Garcia

Maybe we should put god back into our schools..and obviously not just for the STUDENTS. .Holy Crap...

Nick A Ferraro
Nick A Ferraro

But she has such a kind face.....................

Oliver McKay
Oliver McKay

Cant blame the lady, public schools these days are crap, and so are the kids. It's a hopeless system

Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson

Or what people in their fifties call another day at school...

Brady Hegberg
Brady Hegberg

This is obviously a case of one bad day causing an otherwise ok person to snap. I think we've all had a day like that. If you haven't...wait for it, you will.

Tara Murphy
Tara Murphy

For all the people who say "She should have handled it with the parents..." have you tried telling parents of kids these days they are anything but a special snowflake? Let me tell you, when it comes down to teacher v. kid these days- kids will ALWAYS win. Trust.

Arkadi
Arkadi

Those of you crying "kids these days" have apparently forgotten that kids have been messing with substitute teachers for decades.

Danella Sowe
Danella Sowe

# She Look Crazy Didn't The School Get A Clue... IJS!

Becca Buck
Becca Buck

Jason- this is Megan's school where I student taught! I remember her telling me about this

herculestrockefeller
herculestrockefeller

How many jobs could we open up to the unemployed by firing those who are unfit?

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

Now see how much better it would be if teachers were allowed to carry guns in classrooms. Whaddya mean that's not a good example??

massagelife
massagelife

The people who are blaming the children are truly pathetic! A women in her 60s should contain herself. If not excuse herself and grab the principle. My son attended this school the principal is very nice but yes let's blame children.

Brandon Blexrude
Brandon Blexrude

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often considering how disrespectful and mouthy so many kids and their parents are to teachers these days.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

I'd turn the other direction if I crossed her in a dark alley.

Shena Ray
Shena Ray

Kids probably needed it since parents aren't there anymore lol

Jean C Thorne
Jean C Thorne

she is the adult here - she should not have resorted to violence

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

If ppl thinks she's a good teacher, then I can be a teacher too without a doubt! LOL. I swear a lot & I spank my kids if they were difficult. Thank God they r well behaved kids. And yes, I see & meet 5th graders. I have 4th grader myself. Some r naughty but STILL u have no right to lay ur hands on those kids. Tell their parents & ask them to do sumptin with them. U dont know ppl. Me , myself, dont like anybody hurts my kids. My anger....its hard sometime to control my anger....

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I went to Catholic school in the 60s and this was an everyday thing for the nuns. The ruler scene in The Blues Brothers is funny because so many Catholics can relate.

Dara Drager
Dara Drager

I'm curious if I ever had her as a sub

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

I'm proud of her. That's nothing compared to what my teachers/parents did to me.

MrGasso
MrGasso

Merry Christmas Ye Olde Wench!

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

Not saying what she did was right however there needs to be something done so teachers aren't overwhelmed like this & lose it.

Cashes Wilson
Cashes Wilson

Starts at home too...I dont condone what she did, but I'll tell you one thing, some of yalz kids are out of control. If they act like they got some damn sense in class, this lady wouldnt have had to lose her damn mind...School aint no babysitting service...Get it together, parents!

Erin Michele
Erin Michele

It says she was a schoolteacher for over 25 years. It's not like she was brand new to children. If she can't handle them, she should not be subbing.

Janelle Denise
Janelle Denise

Really unbelievable I'm actually more shocked at the people defending this women's actions. Regardless of what those kids did if she cannot control herself she should not be working with children. Or with any living thing for that matter.

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

My 5th grade social studies teacher threw erasers and coffee mugs at us if we were being assholes, I turned out fine.

Onan
Onan

Physically abusing children is not "discipline."

Onan
Onan

Or you can send your kids to a religious school...

Onan
Onan

Nice generalization.

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