SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) -- Trial has been set for April 21 in Spokane for a substitute teacher accused of roughing up four sixth-grade students and locking them in a classroom at Trent elementary school in the East Valley School District.
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Matthew C. Deryan pleaded not guilty last week to assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.
Students also said Deryan smelled of alcohol, swore at them and called them names in the Jan. 17 incident.
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The 46-year-old denied assaulting students, saying the students made up the accusations because he gave them pink slips. Deryan was fired and banned from school grounds.