SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Failing to get a classroom device to work, a substitute teacher at a Sarasota County school snapped, punching and pushing three second-graders who had tried to help, the Sarasota County sheriff's office said.
A student who was punched in the stomach vomited in the classroom. Another student went to the hospital a day after the Jan. 6 incident, complaining of chest pain, the sheriff's office said.
William Amory, 55, of Sarasota was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of child abuse for "inflicting physical and mental injury to three different children," the sheriff's office said.
Amory punched a 7-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy, and pushed a 7-year-old girl, a release said. The students attend Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota.
Amory reportedly became upset when he couldn't get the classroom's interactive whiteboard to work. The board projects a computer screen's image onto a screen where images can be manipulated by a finger, stylus or laser pointer.
Students tried to help, but Amory became more agitated and angry, throwing the remote control and cursing and yelling at the students, the sheriff's office said.
According to a report, he punched one boy twice in the stomach, causing him to vomit. The other boy told investigators that Amory punched him in the chest with a closed fist. He went to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to be treated for chest pain, the sheriff's office said.
He pushed the girl backward, and she fell into her chair, the sheriff's office said.
The three students tried to leave the classroom to tell another adult and visit the clinic, but Amory didn't allow it, the sheriff's office said.
School officials didn't learn about the incident until the following day. The school contacted the sheriff's office and the Department of Children and Families.
In an interview with investigators, Amory admitted to becoming agitated, the sheriff's office said.
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