A judge’s sentence will keep a Washington woman from violently disciplining young children in their pre-school classes for at least the next two years.
If Melissa Guymon, 27, ever seeks another teacher’s job, she’ll carry two convictions for misdemeanor battery against children on her application.
Guymon, however, avoided felony convictions and incarceration, for now, when she was sentenced to two years of probation and community service in a plea agreement last Friday.
She was charged last July with two counts of aggravated battery to a child at a Washington day care center, which was not identified in court records.
Two fellow teachers told police they repeatedly saw and cautioned Guymon about her fits of anger at the children in her care. She went too far with one student last February, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
One of the teachers said Guymon grabbed a boy, who had just turned 4, by his arms and swung him into the side of a cabinet. Two days later she picked up the same child and “forcefully” pushed him down onto her classroom’s “X” spot for “time out,” the affidavit stated.
The teacher reported the first incident to school administrators the day it happened, but Guymon was not terminated from her job until after the second incident was reported and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was notified, the affidavit stated.
The young boy told police Guymon “carries us over and slams us on the X.” His bottom hurt, he said, and police found bruises along his rib cage.
Guymon, who had no prior criminal record, was ordered to perform 80 hours of public service over the next year, but not at any child care facility or school. She is also barred from taking any job that would bring children under her supervision during her probation.
A 60-day jail sentence was stayed pending review of her adherence to her probation’s terms next December.
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