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Akron teacher loses license over incidents with special needs children

Double jeopardy doesn’t apply to teachers.

After being cleared in three prior investigations into charges that she had verbally and physically mistreated special needs children, Michelle Blain — a 15-year educator in Akron schools — may never again teach special education in Ohio after the state school board voted Tuesday to permanently revoke her license.

Blain has spent most of her career teaching special education at Ellet High School. She was suspended in 2011 after classroom aide Stacie Snowberger alleged that, since 2009, Blain had called mentally challenged students derogatory names and held one student’s head to a desk, pushed a wheelchair-bound student and smacked another student’s erection.

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