OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV found out a judge has sided with an Osceola County teacher who is accused of using hot sauce to discipline an autistic student.
A document obtained by WFTV shows the school district spent $50,000 on lawyers fighting to keep Gomez out of the classroom.
Gomez has not been back to Sunrise Elementary since officials found out about the incident last October.
The teacher has been fighting to get her job back. WFTV was there in June when she took her case before a judge.
Parents WFTV talked to can't believe it.
"That's kind of ridiculous," said
Gomez denies ever
Officials said she first got jumbo-sized crayons, put them in a cup, then poured hot sauce over them and she later moved them to a bag and labeled it with the
A judge found that while her behavior was inappropriate, the district didn't prove she was trying to punish the student.
Gomez's lawyer agrees.
"I think she made a bad judgment in the way she went about it but her purpose was good," said attorney Thomas Egan.
The judge ordered the teacher won't get any back pay, but the final decision about what happens is up to the school board.