NEW PORT RICHEY — A Calusa Elementary School teacher faces a charge of felony child abuse after Pasco deputies said she dragged a 10-year-student across a classroom floor Tuesday, leaving the boy with a lacerated arm.
According to deputies, Cynthia Ruth Haring, 60, of Spring Hill, became “irate due to several students talking” between 2:05 and 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 7520 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey.
That’s when she grabbed the boy from behind and dragged him 5 feet to a spot on the floor she wanted him to sit, an arrest report said. During the incident, the boy’s forearm sustained a slight, 2-inch-long laceration which he thought was from the teacher’s fingernail, the report said.
Three students who were upset by the teacher’s action reported it to the school principal Wednesday, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said. Several other students witnessed the incident, the arrest report said.
Deputies contacted Haring at Deer Park Elementary on Thursday, the report said. She was arrested and taken without incident to the Pasco jail in Land O’ Lakes.