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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A kindergarten teacher was fired at tonight's Duval County School Board meeting after disturbing allegations against her came to light.

Beverly Howard, a 30-year veteran of the district is accused of hitting a child with school books and forcing her students to sit in their own urine.

She was a kindergarten teacher at Sheffield Elementary school at the time of the allegations.

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A lawyer arguing for her termination told the school board she has a record going back to 1995, but a lawyer in her defense says the charges were trumped up and she should have been suspended.

One school board member got choked up talking about the allegations and said the board needed to protect children by terminating Howard. The board voted 6-1 to fire her.