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Rome teacher, teacher's aide plead not guilty in excessive discipline case

The two women who are accused of excessively disciplining students at John E. Joy Elementary School in Rome appeared in court on Friday.

Posted: Jun. 29, 2018 5:22 PM

ROME – The two women who are accused of excessively disciplining students at John E. Joy Elementary School in Rome appeared in court on Friday.

Ashley Rasbach, a teacher at the school, and Maria Fountain, a teacher’s aide, both pleaded not guilty in Rome City Court. Rasbach is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment, which Fountain is charged with one count of each.

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Court documents detailed what allegedly happened at the elementary school. Rasbach is accused of grabbing a student by the hair and spraying a student with a water bottle. In a second incident, she is accused of squeezing a student between an open door and the wall, then picking that same student up by her arms and dropping her onto the floor.

Fountain is alleged to have grabbed a student by her arms, slamming them onto a table.

All three students are special needs children under 10 years old.

The two women are due back in court Aug. 3 for pre-trial motions.

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