Teacher Sentenced after Hitting Student

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A teacher who hit a 10-year-old boy in the face with a book during class at a Grand Junction elementary school has been ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 66-year-old Harold Easton was sentenced Friday after previously pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He also was given a suspended 7-day jail sentence.

Easton says he lost his temper with a group of disruptive students while he was substitute teaching Oct. 4 at Chatfield Elementary, and he smacked the fourth-grader with a teacher's instructional book.

Easton, who's been a teacher or administrator in the school district for 32 years, retired from a full-time position in 2005 and says he will no longer substitute teach.