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No charges to be filed in Canyon Country paper-toss

D.A.’s office says charges may never be filed against teacher

Posted: April 9, 2009 12:04 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.
No charges have been filed against a Canyon High School teacher accused of tossing a wadded ball of paper at a student, and a source close to the investigation said it is unlikely charges ever will be filed.

Canyon High School teacher Mike Motherspaw was accused of battery for tossing the crumpled piece of paper at Canyon High student Amanda Larrson-Dally on March 27, an apparent prank.

Larrson-Dally said she was in the classroom to interview a student for Canyon High School's television station. According to Larrson-Dally, Motherspaw denied the request before tossing the paper at the student.

Motherspaw said he agreed to let his student leave class and conduct the interview. He balled the paper with the request up and said, "I guess I don't need this anymore," he said. Motherspaw said he "casually" threw the paper across the room, but said he doesn't remember the wad of paper hitting her in the face.

"It hit her in the hair," he said.

Motherspaw said Larrson-Dally never communicated to him that the incident upset or embarrassed her, he said.

Larrson-Dally filed a report with Devin Freeman, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's school resource deputy on March 30.

School officials told Motherspaw about the complaint March 31 and said Larrson-Dally's father wasn't satisfied with an apology.

According to Motherspaw, no meeting between the student and the teacher was scheduled.

Larrson-Dally wasn't in school April 1 to April 3 and Canyon High School went on spring break April 6. Students won't return to class until April 13. That's when Motherspaw hopes he gets his chance to apologize.

"If I hurt her feelings, I want to apologize," he said. "These kids mean the world to me."

A source close to the investigation said the report was sent to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on April 3 but stood little chance of ever being prosecuted.

As of April 7 there was no case filed against Motherspaw by the D.A.'s office, said Shiara Davila, D.A. spokeswoman.

Larrson-Dally was not available for comment.


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