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Guthrie teacher no longer with district after charges of assault and battery on a special needs student

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LOGAN COUNTY - The Guthrie school board voted to accept a resignation from a teacher accused of assault and battery of a student with cerebral palsy.

Other than administrators and media, there were no people present at Wednesday night's special board meeting.

The teacher accused is no longer with the district but still facing a day in court on March 1st.

"Call for vote, please?" the school board president said.

The meeting began at 5 o' clock sharp and, five minutes later, they left to executive session deciding the fate of Patricia Catlin, a junior high school teacher.

According to an eight-page arrest affidavit, on January 25th, a teacher witnessed Catlin hurting a 12-year-old student with cerebral palsy.

Catlin denies ever hurting her students, telling an officer "Heavens to Betsy, I would never hurt one of my kids" and "for someone to accuse me of trying to hurt him, it just broke my heart."

Documents state "as she made a fist, she stated, 'and, I'll protect them with everything.'"

Documents said another teacher went into the classroom after hearing "whimpering and crying, yelling and screaming."

The teacher said she walked into the room with Catlin in the students face "screaming at him, and he was just crying, had his hand over here, bracing himself. She was trying to flip the desk over to get him out of the desk."

Court documents show the student had scratches under both arms and bruises on his inner arms.

"Item number seven, recommendation and consideration in action to enter into the resignation agreement with Patricia Catlin and to accept her resignation," the board president read.

And, just 15 minutes later, the teacher in question, no longer with the district.

We tried speaking with the superintendent, but he refused to go on camera.

He did give us a statement saying only that she had been on and off with the district since 2006 and was on paid administrative leave until Wednesday's vote.

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