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Samuel Dufner, Salem Teacher, Faces No Charges for Branding Students

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:27 AM

Samuel Dufner, a science teacher in South Salem, Oregon, was arrested after allegedly branding kids with images burned into their skin with a Tesla coil, but the charges against him have reportedly been dropped.

Dufner, 37, was accused of criminal mistreatment on Tuesday, but the charges were dropped the next day, with police calling the incident a lapse in judgment on the teacher’s part, KOIN-TV reported.

Dufner reportedly asked his students if anyone wanted to volunteer to have images burned onto their skin with the Tesla coil he used to ignite gases to propel a rocket across the classroom.

“When asked about a pain scale — we use a 1-10 — one child said it was about a one, another child said it was about a three,” Salem police spokesman Lt. Steve Birr said, according to KOIN-TV. “But on Tuesday while we were investigating, you couldn’t see the burn marks on their arms.”

The investigation was sparked when a concerned parent called authorities, The Oregonian reported.

"I think this Tesla coil demonstration shows a lack of judgment," Birr said, according to The Oregonian. "This is not the crime of the century, but we expect more from our teachers."

None of the students required medical treatment.

"Almost every student did it, and everyone was laughing when they went up there," student Cheyenne Ward told the Statesman Journal. "Nobody was sad or upset. It didn't hurt at all."

"I think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion," student Angelica Avdeyeva told the newspaper. "He never wanted to hurt anybody, and I don't think he should have been arrested. This is his career, you know? He has a family, and we all feel bad."

Many students jumped to Dufner’s defense, using the hashtag #FreeDufner to voice their support for the teacher on Twitter.







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Samuel Dufner, a science teacher in South Salem, Oregon, was arrested after allegedly branding kids with images burned into their skin with a Tesla coil, but the charges against him have reportedly been dropped.
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