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    Filed at 7:13 am under by dcobranchi

    On the front page of CNN:

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) — An elementary school teacher was arrested for punching an 8-year-old student in the face this month, Fort Lauderdale police said Tuesday.
    David Adam Grant is accused of striking an 8-year-old student at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, school.

    David Adam Grant, 36, an art teacher at Sunland Elementary School, turned himself in to police Tuesday in connection with the November 5 incident, authorities said in a written statement.

    Police responded to a report of battery at the school, and “preliminary investigations revealed that an 8-year-old student … had been battered.”

    Authorities allege that Grant “hit the 8-year-old student around his left eye with a loosely closed fist, causing a bruise over his right eye,” according to the police statement.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    November 26th, 2008
    at 9:42 am

    More info, not to dismiss or justify anything – the name of the school is actually Sunland Park. It looks to be predominantly urban and African-American. I can’t find this “art teacher” listed there on staff, so he may be itinerant or maybe new this fall. Or maybe they’ve wiped him out already, since this investigation started?

    Broward is the sixth largest school district in the nation; this school ranks by standardized test as the worst elementary school in that district over the past several years. Which makes it one of the worst elementary schools in the entire country.

    On a general info site, I found this about the city of Ft. Lauderdale:

    * Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
    * Median age above state average.
    * Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
    * Number of rooms per house below state average.

    So probably there is more to this awful story for teacher and child and home and learning environment, just as there usually is in “homeschool” child abuse news.

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    November 26th, 2008
    at 10:23 am

    Miami Herald story says the teacher was indeed splitting time between two schools, the other graded as “B” instead of “F” —

    And this is bizarre, there’s an open public poll right under the teacher’s picture, as if this were debatable as perhaps school “punishment” rather than criminal child abuse:

    Do you think hitting a child is appropriate punishment for bad behavior?

    YES, only when parent is involved

    NO, there are other options

    (Total Votes so far only 89, if you want to weigh in)