Teacher accused of breaking student's hand back in court

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A former Cloverdale Middle School teacher accused of breaking a student's hand during an altercation in the classroom on Jan. 11 will be back in court next week.

Thirty-one-year-old Scott W. Porter, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony battery, appeared with his attorney Jeff Boggess in court last week where the judge ordered him to return to court at 3 p.m. March 31.

According to a probable cause affidavit, 15-year-old student Jordan Mundy was making fun of Porter, which angered the teacher and caused him to come after the boy. Mundy told investigators he tried to flee the classroom, but Porter grabbed him by the shirt and shoved him up against the chalkboard.

Mundy accused Porter of putting him in a headlock and wrestling him to the floor where he then struck him in the ribs several times. Mundy says he grabbed Porter by the neck and that Porter responded by grabbing his index finger and hyper-extending it backwards, causing it to break. A doctor examined Mundy's finger and determined in was in fact broken, according to Putnam County Prosecutor's Investigator Charlie Bollinger.

In an interview with Bollinger, Porter denied the claims, stating that Mundy staggered backwards and hit the chalkboard.

He denies ever placing Mundy in a headlock or touching his finger during the incident.

Bollinger interviewed other students who claimed to have witnessed Porter break Mundy's finger that day.

Porter was allowed to resign after the allegations surfaced, ending an eight-year career at Cloverdale.

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  • This story has ugly written all over it.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 5:28 AM
  • Terry - Do you actually think some people deserve to have their finger broken? My question to you would be, "Why wasn't there an adult in the classroom"?

    I don't know either party but I hope truth will prevail. It is as ugamer says "ugly written all over it".

    -- Posted by gingb2 on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 7:11 PM
  • I believe that the kid may have pervoked the teacher but as a teacher the students look up at them and in my book a teacher should NEVER stike a child. The student should not have caused the problem but no child should have their finger broke. If the teacher would have stayed at the school who is to say that he wouldn't have done the same thing in a later conflict. As far as Mundy's background I agree he is a child what does his background have to do with this conflict. Mundy shouldn't have teased the teacher but AGAIN the teacher should have controlled his temper and should HAVE NEVER EVER EVER touched the student or any student in that matter.

    -- Posted by catlover19732003 on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 10:42 AM
  • i remember back in the day when kids used to get swats with a big ole board....wonder why these kids are outta control these days.

    -- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Mon, Mar 31, 2008, at 2:18 PM
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