Ala. Teacher Cleared in Taping Together Students

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A sixth-grade teacher in Phenix City says she's thankful to be cleared of child abuse charges, and it came after a lot of praying.

First-year teacher Sierra Pettway taped two students together by their forearms in December in an attempt to help them get along. She self-reported the incident to the students' parents and school officials. She ended up getting charged with two counts of willful abuse of a child. A Russell County grand jury dropped the case Tuesday, and she can keep her job.

Reports say that she wanted the two students to get along, but she used poor judgment. She said the self-reported the incident because her mother always told her that she would rather hear about something from her than from someone else.

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