Teacher throws pencil at student’s head

April 26th, 2011 by Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the video a teacher is seen going over a learning exercise with several students at a table.

After a moment, you hear her say “Only 10 more weeks with you guys,” as if she’s irritated.

A student, 13-year-old Brandon, tries to hand her his pencil. What she does next some may find shocking.

The teacher picks up the pencil, throws it at him, and strikes him in the head.

“This is completely unacceptable. No teacher for any reason should do this to a child,” John Harrell with the Department of Children and Families said.

Harrell says the organization is investigating the incident. This case is a little different because there’s physical evidence to work with. The video was recorded by a teacher’s aide. She’s suspicions that the teacher was mistreating students after seeing several of them in tears after returning to a room.

“We are investigating this and will get to the bottom of it. It’s very disturbing to see,” Harrell said.

The Felix family is outraged. The boy has Down Syndrome, so doesn’t communicate very well. His father says, in the last few weeks, he’d seen some psychological changes in Brandon, now he knows why.

Brandon’s parents pulled the teacher’s record from Duval County Public Schools, and learned this wasn’t her first offense. According to Brandon’s father, the teacher had been reprimanded before for twisting a child’s arm, also with special needs.

Every time they watch the video, they cringe and hate the fact they couldn’t help their son in his time of need. Until justice is served, they won’t give up and won’t stop fighting for Brandon.

The teacher involved in this incident has since been removed from the classroom, pending investigation.
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