Utah Teacher Accused of Kidnapping

At the final bell of the school day, most teachers normally welcome their students’ departure. 

In a report from the New York Post, Amy Martz, a sixth-grade teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary School, has been charged with trying to take one of the school’s pupils, a five-year-old girl, home.

Apparently, the child suffers from autism, which was unknown by Martz. When Martz noticed the child crying while leaving the school’s campus, she intervened, hoping to comfort the youngster and assist her with getting home. After some time passed, the veteran teacher realized the child didn’t know where she was going and communication—related to her autism—was extremely difficult. 

According to police, the girl’s mother showed up at the school distressed because her daughter never made it home. 

When Martz realized the stroll through the neighborhood had become a bird walk, she went to someone’s house to use their phone and inform the school of her whereabouts with the student.

Interestingly enough, Martz—the alleged kidnapper—only believed she’d be away from the school for a short time; therefore, she left her purse, cellphone, as well as her own child behind to wait.

Unfortunately, when Martz returned to the school with the student, she attempted to explain what occurred to the parents—who spoke Spanish as their native language—but, as Martz believed, an inability to clearly communicate led to a greater degree of confusion.

In a prepared statement to Deseret News, Martz, who—along with teaching for twenty-plus years—was also a principal and is a certified attorney, shared, “My whole life has been about serving and helping children. I’m a rule follower. I stay safely on the side of policy and law. It’s been my job for twenty-four years as a teacher, as a principal, as a lawyer to children. I take responsibility and regret that the child’s parents were frightened. I was only keeping her safe.”

Martz’s defense attorney, Cara Tangaro, puts a bow on the logic that was defied—by both parties involved. “Could things in hindsight been done differently? Maybe. But does it rise to the level of criminal culpability? And our answer is we don’t think so. In my opinion, and I’m a former prosecutor, not everything needs to be criminalized. If mistakes are made or if things could have been done differently, we don’t have to jump to a first-degree felony with very serious potential consequences.”

Read the original story from the New York Post: https://nypost.com/2019/11/21/queens-teacher-bedded-student-fixed-grades-for-other-female-pupils-probe/.

Read the original story from Desert News: https://www.deseret.com/utah/2019/11/21/20976453/i-did-not-kidnap-a-child-says-utah-teacher-facing-criminal-charge.

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