No Charges For Teacher Accused Of Making Student Eat From Garbage Can

A Connecticut kindergarten teacher accused of forcing a 5-year-old student to eat food from a garbage can in her Bridgeport classroom has had criminal charges against her dropped.

The case against 67-year-old Anne O'Donnell of Fairfield was dismissed Tuesday after state prosecutor Donal Collimore told the judge he didn't believe he could prove the case.

O'Donnell was charged with risk of injury to a minor in March.

Police say she was upset that the boy threw out most of his hot lunch, and she made him eat chicken nuggets and a banana from the garbage can.

The boy's mother objected to the dismissal of the case, saying she promised her son she would fight for him.

O'Donnell declined to comment after the court hearing. Her lawyer says she retired in June.


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  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Wow Fiona, know you're proud of your niece and her husband for defending these drug dealers and gang members. Keeping them out of jail, yep, that's what we want to do.
  • by Fiona Location: Jamesville on Aug 6, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    I do not think she should have made the child eat from the trash can, however, Bridgeport is the arm pit of Connecticut and she is probably sick and tired seeing children wasting food that tax dollars paid for. Most likley this child receives free meals at school, Bridgeport is poor city riddled with gangs, welfare, and violence. I would never live there, but have a a niece and her husband who practice law there and 99% of their "clients" are drug sellers and gang members. Next time let the child go hungry and beg Mama for food when he/she gets home.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 5, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    How do you feel if an inmate was given a tray of food and threw it away without eating it? This happened and ended going to federal court, where it was ruled he had every right to throw it away, as it was given to him. Now I don't agree with the teacher's actions, but how about your tax dollars being wasted? I know different situation, but made me think! Again I DON'T agree with the teacher's actions!
  • by Mrs. P Location: Beaufort County on Aug 5, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    I agree with J, if a teacher had done this to my child, we would have some major problems. If he threw his food away, so be it, he would be the one hungry, not her.
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Aug 5, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    Whats so cruel about teaching a child a lesson? Get over it people! You'd eat from one if you were hungry! Yea, you would! geeeez!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Robert, you are correct, these ingratefull children reflect the spoiling of a parent. When people are starving, is what we were taught, well, people are still starving all over the world that would have killed for one bite of any food. This is the one part I do not like about the way kids are raised now.
  • by J Location: NC on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    I wish a teacher would try to make my child eat food out of a garbage can, I would go right to the school and stuff some in her mouth and see how she liked it.
  • by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    To anonymous, I wouldn't be surprise if she didn't mind eating from the trash can. Why are people so cruel to such innocent children.
  • by Robert on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    She grew up in a generation that didn't waste food and that seems what she was instilling in this child. I have seen many times children these days waste good food, destroy toys, etc., just to get something else they want. Spoiled by parents who never learned to say no.
  • by Anonymous Location: Roper NC on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    She better thank God that it was not my child. How can any human being be so cruel to a child. You should lock her up in a room and make her eat out of a trash can.
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