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Charges Dropped in Moon Pie Case

December 10, 1997

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) _ A teacher accused of forcing two kindergarten students to eat Moon Pies they threw away will not face prosecution.

State Attorney Charlie Condon said Tuesday that a review of the investigation found there was insufficient evidence against Josie Solomon, who was scheduled for trial Dec. 22 on two child cruelty charges.

A teacher of 14 years, Ms. Solomon could have faced a maximum of 30 days in jail or a $500 fine on each of the misdemeanors.

Her lawyer, David Hood, acknowledged that Ms. Solomon warned her students at McDonald Elementary School not to take food they wouldn’t eat during snacktime Nov. 21.

When two 5-year-old girls threw away their Moon Pies after taking just a bite, she reminded them of the rule, he said.

According to a school investigation, one of the girls plucked her chocolate-covered cookie and marshmallow snack out of a classroom trash can and a teacher’s aide retrieved the other Moon Pie and put it in front of the second girl.

``At no time was any food eaten out of any garbage can, period. And we were prepared to go forward with that in court,″ Hood said.

There was no answer at the school district office late Tuesday.

Ms. Solomon was reprimanded by the district and the girls were transferred to another class. Their mothers later reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.

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