A Florida teacher has recently been terminated after being discovered to order a hit on a 7th grade student. Apparently in an attempt to display her dominance over the student, she ordered a pack of older students to attack the boy for speaking back to her.
Florida teacher, Dru Dehart, who worked at St. Lucie’s Northport K-8 school, was accused of ordering an attack on one of her students back in March of last year. All caught on surveillance video camera, Dehart was seen exiting her room, pointing at Radravious Williams and walking away.
(See also: Denver School Employs Illegal Immigrant Teachers)
Preceding the event, Dehart and Williams reportedly were entangled in a verbal altercation where Williams eventually said that he, “wished he could curse out teachers someday.” Upon exiting the classroom, Dehart is then reported to have told six boys to, “teach him a lesson.”
From there, the video shows the pack of 8th graders engulf the younger student and are seen assaulting him in different ways. According to Williams’ mother, “They picked him up, carried him, holding him by the neck, took him down to her classroom and forcibly made him apologize to her.”
Outraging the boy’s parents even more, Ms. Williams explained, “And her remarks to him were, ‘I’ve got my eighth-grade boys on you; you’re not so tough now.’”
Immediately after the incident, Dehart tracked down the boys that had carried out her orders in order to come up with a story. Trying to manipulate the boys further, Dehart later tried to lie by saying Williams had threatened her – a claim that students present in the classroom at the time all refute.
Upon learning of her violent deed, the school immediately transferred Dehart to a position where she did not have dealings with students and eventually suspended her without pay. After conducting an investigation just about a year later on the matter, the school board took only minutes to decide to fully terminate Dehart.
Although many people seem to think that the board made the right choice, not too many people are celebrating, including the Williams family. Recently having spoken with reporters again, Ms. Williams expressed, “Through the whole process, and even when I got the news there’s no congratulations on either side, he’s suffering and my son is still suffering.”
She further noted that, “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.”
Let us know what you think of Ms. Dehart’s actions in a comment below.