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Judge reinstates Liberty-Benton teacher

A Hancock County judge has reinstated a fired Liberty-Benton teacher.

Mark Badertscher’s contract is immediately reinstated with back pay retroactive to July 1, 2012, according to a ruling from Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson.

Routson ruled the school board failed to prove Badertscher willfully and persistently violated school policy, according to his Tuesday decision.

The school board fired Badertscher early last year after an altercation between students in his class that left one student briefly unconscious.

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more in Thursday’s newspaper.

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