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Substitute teacher fired after allegedly using stapler on students

Posted: Updated: Nov 07, 2014 12:29 PM

A substitute teacher at Bridgeforth Middle School in Pulaski was kicked out of the building after being accused of using a stapler on some of his students.

The school system would not say what specifically happened, but said the incident involved several students.The school system said the teacher, Ed Hardaway, "was directed to leave the building immediately and told not to return in the future."

The statement went on to say, "We will continue to monitor the students for possible reactions and discomfort utilizing the school nurses and Health Department staff if necessary."

Kirby Davis is one of 17 students with holes in her arms. Students said Hardaway asked for volunteers who wanted to know what being stapled felt like. Davis volunteered.

"He said, 'Lay your arm flat on the desk,'" Davis said. "I didn't think he was really going to do it."

Her mother, Emily Davis, said she wants answers.

"He needs to explain to us parents why he did it," Emily Davis said.

Keith Ballentine's eighth grade daughter was also one of the volunteers.

"I don't know why she got stapled, but she got stapled," Ballentine said.

He said the teacher told her it wouldn't hurt.

"It didn't hurt at first, but today it hurt and she's bruised," Ballentine said. "I want to know what made him want to staple children. I don't get it."

The Giles County superintendent of schools said the students were seen by the school nurse and the county health department.

Hardaway was escorted out of the school as soon as administration found out. The school system also called police.

No one answered the door at Hardaway's home on Friday. He later told Channel 4 to refer comments to his attorney.

The Pulaski chief of police said he plans to turn the matter over to the district attorney's office.

There was no word if any charges will be filed. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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