Music Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Whacking Student's Head

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Boulder, Colo. (AP) A Boulder substitute music teacher has been arrested after allegedly whacking a ten-year-old student on the head with a viola bow after telling her compatriots they were ``the worst players I've ever heard.''

Newspaper and television reports said the trouble began when 63-year-old Carla Shinners, a teacher for more than 30 years, was interrupted by a call on her own cell phone. She allegedly began swearing February 12th at the Creekside Elementary school, where she had earned the nickname ``Mrs. Grumpy lady.''

Principal Karen Daly said parents and students complained.

The ten-year-old said Shinners also pulled her hair.

Shinners allegedly said the students complained because she was white and they are Hispanic. There was no phone number listed for her in Boulder.

Briggs Gamblin, a spokesman for the school district, confirmed in a telephone interview Thursday that Shinners had been fired.

Shinners could be charged with child abuse resulting in injury. She is free on $1,000 bond.

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