An unnamed music teacher at Franklin Academy, a charter school in Boynton Beach, Florida, has been let go after accusations that she threw her shoe at a third grade student. WPTV NewsChannel 5 reported on the incident noting that parents, including the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) vice-president Kimberly Firth, were upset by the news.
"It was, it was surprising. It was extremely surprising," said Firth. “I trust administration and I know that if anything were to occur at this school I know that administration would do their job and do what was appropriate."
However other parents posted comments on social media voicing their disapproval that the administration decided to place the teacher in question on leave rather than immediately firing her.
The interim Principal Elena Diaz sent an email message to parents to address their concerns. It acknowledged that the school was informed about the alleged shoe-throwing incident adding, “I want to inform you she is no longer a member of our faculty."
Few details about the circumstances surrounding the incident were provided. The music teacher declined to speak to WPTV. When the station asked school administrators for a comment, they would not speak about specifics of what happened in the classroom, but did say that no students were hurt.
The charter school opened its doors in September of 2013 and has gone through some challenges just months into its inaugural school year. Franklin Academy opened late due to construction and inspection delays. Then in late October approximately 35 students became ill during an outbreak caused by norovirus. Also just three months after the school opened, its principal, Christine Messer, left the school with no explanation given by the school administration.
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