Teacher Fired After Being Accused Of Ordering Students To Attack 7th Grader
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Florida middle school teacher has been fired after she was accused of ordering students to attack a seventh grader.
Dru Dehart was fired last week by the St. Lucie County School Board following a March 2013 incident where school surveillance video showed Radravious Williams getting attacked by six students at the alleged encouragement of Dehart.
WPBF-TV reported that the March 2013 attack that took place at Northport K-8 happened after Radravious told Dehart he “wished he could curse out teachers someday.” That’s when Dehart reportedly encouraged the six boys to attack him to “teach him a lesson.”
“They picked him up, carried him, holding him by the neck, took him down to her classroom and forcibly made him apologize to her,” Latasha Darrisaw, Radravious’ mother, told WPBF at the time. “And her remarks to him were, ‘I’ve got my eighth-grade boys on you. You’re not so tough now.’”
Darrisaw told WPEC-TV that it’s been a “rough year” for her and her son.
“Through the whole process, and even when I got the news, there’s no congratulations on either side,” she told WPEC. “My son is still suffering.”
St. Lucie officials said that Dehart made a “very poor decision.”
“She used students to carry out discipline,” David Miklas, a school district representative, told WPTV.
Mark Wilensky, Dehart’s attorney, said she didn’t expect to be reinstated.
“I don’t think she had any real hopes or expectations that in this setting today that was going to happen,” Wilensky told WPTV.
Darrisaw claims that Dehart has yet to apologize.
“As a person and as a parent you would like some kind of apology, but I guess we will get that whenever she’s ready,” Darrisaw told WPEC.
Dehart was originally suspended without pay after the incident.