NJ teacher to be disciplined for slapping student

July 6, 2012 4:12:54 AM PDT
A central New Jersey special education teacher faces discipline for slapping an 8-year-old student who slapped her in the face.

An appeals panel on Thursday upheld a ruling that Franklin Township teacher Edith Craft be suspended for 240 days without pay and not receive her next raise.

The township school board wanted to fire Craft after the 2010 incident. She has been suspended without pay since January 2011.

Court filings say Craft was trying to get the boy to stand when he slapped her and she slapped him back. He was not injured.

Craft's lawyer, Arnold Mellk, tells the Courier News of Bridgewater (http://mycj.co/L5zoIE ) they're disappointed with the ruling. She's reviewing the decision.

The school district declined comment.