Art teacher on job for a week before arrest, firing, Port Orange police say
Martin Reese was hired as an art teacher at Creekside Middle School just one week before he called in sick to work on Tuesday, but showed up to the school with large speakers to blast music while kids were taking the FSA test, according to Port Orange police.
Central Florida lawmaker pushing governor to prioritize school workers for vaccination
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A state representative from Central Florida is putting pressure on the governor to make COVID-19 vaccines available to teachers. State Rep. Carlos Smith sent a letter to Florida Gov. We’ve just sent a letter urging @GovRonDeSantis to make #COVID19 vaccines IMMEDIATELY available to K-12 essential FL teachers and school district personnel 65+ currently in direct contact with students. Smith represents the 49th congressional district, which covers a large portion of Orange County, including the University of Central Florida. Several school leaders in Central Florida have sent similar letters to the governor, urging him to give educators and school staff priority when it comes to vaccinations.
Florida teacher posts own obituary on Facebook prior to returning to school
A Florida teacher wrote and posted her own obituary on Facebook on Tuesday as the reopening of schools draws closers. A loving and devoted teacher, mother, daughter, wife, aunt, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on August 7th, 2020.Reddicks obituary goes on to say, However, even though she shouted from the rooftops, attempted to be unemotional, and educated herself in facts and science, she succumbed to the ignorance of those in power. She returned to work, did her best to handle all the roles placed on her shoulders; educator, COVID-security guard, human shield, firefighter, social worker, nurse, and caregiver but the workload weakened her, and the virus took hold. Whitney was taken from us. Yes, of course too soon, but we are the ones left with holes in our hearts, missing how big hers was.To read the full obituary, click here.
Titusville teacher’s aide sent sex videos, photos to student, police say
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A 27-year-old teacher’s aide at a Titusville school was arrested Friday on allegations of sending explicit videos and photos to a 16-year-old student. Lindsey Noele Thorson, an aide at Fieldston Preparatory School on Columbia Boulevard, was arrested on charges of transmission of materials harmful to minors and tampering with evidence. Titusville police said Thorson turned herself in to authorities at the Brevard County Jail after a warrant was issued for her arrest. He told school officials about the photos of the messages exchanged between Thorson and the victim on Instagram, where she sent him several sexually explicit videos and photos of herself, police said. A parent of the victim’s friend told police about the message, even though Fieldston officials did not, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
Florida teacher washes out student’s mouth with hand sanitizer, officials say
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after school district officials found she used hand sanitizer to wash out the mouth of a student who was talking too loudly in her class. Palm Beach County school board on Wednesday approved a 10-day suspension without pay for Guyette Duhart, the Palm Beach Post reported. The student told administrators at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington that Duhart told him he needed to have his mouth washed out with soap on Oct. 14, the newspaper reported. Six students told Palm Beach County school district officials that the teacher grabbed a bottle of hand sanitizer and pumped it into the student's mouth, an investigative report said. Duhart admitted to school investigators that she put the hand sanitizer near the student's mouth but said that he grabbed the bottle and pumped it into his own mouth, the newspaper reported.