Clearwater teacher Melanie Jo Fox arrested on child abuse charges

Published On: Mar 22 2013 03:34:36 AM HST

A Clearwater teacher faces charges of abusing two special needs students at Skycrest Elementary School.

Police arrested Melanie Jo Fox, 44, on Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Fox is accused of pulling a 6-year-old girl's hair, kicking her, hitting her with a book and binding her with duct tape. Authorities also say she pushed an 8-year-old boy and used rubber bands to bind his hands.

Fox remained in the Pinellas County Jail early Friday. She's being held on $20,000 bail. No attorney was listed on jail records.

Clearwater Public Safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said Fox was arrested after investigators talked with the teacher and students.

Fox has worked for the school district since 2004. School officials said she's been reassigned to a non-student site pending an investigation.


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