Press Release
08/20/2013

ABUSIVE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER SENTENCED

This morning Cynthia Ambrose was sentenced by the court to 2 years probation with a requirement that she spend 30 days in jail as a condition of her probation. Ambrose, age 44, was found guilty by a jury of Official Oppression on June 20, 2013. The State requested the judge sentence Ambrose to 90 days in jail but the court then granted the defendant’s request for probation. The court did impose the State's request that Ambrose be prohibited from being employed or volunteer in any position involving children. The Texas Education Agency has the power to revoke her teaching certification.

On May 2, 2012, Ambrose, a former kindergarten teacher at Salinas Elementary in the Judson Independent School District, was called in to assist another teacher who was having disciplinary issues with a kindergarten student. The facts at trial showed that Ambrose instructed her other kindergarten students consisting of 25 students ranging in age from four to six years old to line up and each take turns striking the student. When the students did not hit the boy hard enough to suit Ambrose she encouraged them to hit him harder. Approximately 7 children struck the child before Ambrose ceased the assault.

District Attorney Susan Reed stated, “We in law enforcement spend every day trying to break the cycle of violence and teaching that violence is not the appropriate way to deal with problems. Every child present in that classroom is a victim because each of those impressionable minds was taught by Ms. Ambrose that violence is the way. Our teachers are better than that.”

A public servant commits the offense of Official Oppression where she subjects another to unlawful mistreatment while acting under the color of her employment. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

For more information contact District Attorney Susan Reed at 210-335-2342.