Fire Teacher Who Ordered Hit, Dru Dehart
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Fire Teacher Who Ordered Hit, Dru Dehart

    1. Melissa Barton
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      Melissa Barton

      west palm, FL

 ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Lucie County School Board voted Tuesday night to suspend Northport K-8 seventh grade teacher Dru Dehart with no pay. 

The decision comes after the superintendent recommended Dehart's termination following an investigation into a March incident where 7th grader Radravious Williams was allegedly beaten by classmates. 

In the report, one of the students told investigators that Dehart, "told us to come out here and do this to him." 

The investigative report calls Dehart's actions "wholly inappropriate." 

Williams admits to talking disrespectfully to the teacher, but says he did not threaten her in any way. Other students in the class back up his statements. 

"She is ignorant and she is a disgrace," Williams' mother Latasha Darrisaw said after the Tuesday night school board meeting. 

Radravious Williams, now at a different school, says he wanted his former teacher to get fired. 

"There was no reason for her to do what she did. I don't forgive her," Williams said. 

According to the school district, Dehart requested a special hearing. By law, if the hearing is requested, she cannot be immediately terminated. 

She is represented by a union. 

Surveillance video captured part of the March 2012 fight on school surveillance video. 

"Ms. Dehart knew, or should have known, that embarrassing students is not acceptable professional conduct. Likewise, she knew, or should have known, that efforts to intimidate a student are not appropriate," according to the district report. 

New allegations in the district's investigative report say Dehart "tracked down the students during lunch and contaminated their memories" after the fight. 

"Six children went to jail and as far as we are concerned, they are victims in this too. They were manipulated and they were told to have a certain story," Williams' attorney Dena Sisk Foman said. 

Foman blames the teacher and says she instigated the fight. 

"It is truly unbelievable what happened. A teacher ordered a hit on a child," Foman said. 

A teacher's union representative at the school board meeting would not comment. Dehart was not answering her Port St. Lucie door Tuesday night. 

Foman says she will file a lawsuit against the district in October. 

According to the investigative report, other teachers should also be counseled because they allowed their students to leave class when asked by different students. 

Other teachers refused to give statements as part of the investigation. 

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/port-st-lucie-teacher-put-on-unpaid-suspension-after-allegedly-contaminating-students-minds#ixzz2emmNBYW5

 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. CNN's Raising America Coverage of Dru Dehart

      Melissa Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Did Florida teacher order a hit on student?

      A middle school teacher in St. Lucie County, Florida, is accused of ordering a hit against a seventh grader. School surveillance video shows six juveniles beating Radravious Williams. According to a district investigation, Williams talked back to the teacher, Dru Dehart, in class.

    3. BREAKING NEWS! CNN IS COVERING THE DEHART DISASTER STORY AT NOON TODAY HLN

      Melissa Barton
      Petition Organizer

      Tune in to CNN at noon http://www.hlntv.com/

      Saint Lucie County School Board: Fire Teacher Who Ordered Hit, Dru Dehart

      Dru Dehart, public middle school teacher ordered a "hit" on her student after she did not like his comment about being quiet in class. Saint Lucie...

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. This petition is growing in interest, FIRE DRU DEHART!

      Melissa Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Dru Dehart: Online petition urges the St. Lucie County School Board to fire Northport K-8 teacher

      Online petition urges the St. Lucie County School Board to fire Northport K-8 teacher Dru Dehart.Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. Teacher orders hit on student, is not fired or criminally charged.

      Melissa Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Port St. Lucie teacher put on unpaid suspension after allegedly 'contaminating' students minds

      ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Lucie County School Board voted Tuesday night to suspend Northport K-8 seventh grade teacher Dru Dehart with no pay. The decision comes after the superintendent recommended Dehart's termination following an investigation into a March incident where 7th grader Radravious Williams was allegedly beaten by classmates.

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    • kayla mandell LAKE WORTH, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I actually had Ms.Dehart and she repeatedly called me a whore and a slut for kissing some kid and i personally dont think she is a good person.

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    • Brad Debbaudt PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      What she did was just wrong!!

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    • Rosemarie Leitner SNELLVILLE, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      I think charges should be brought against her for contributing to the delinquency of minors, conspiracy to assault, and assault. She needs to sit in jail and ponder her malicious intent and inherent evilness.

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    • James Manalli RED LION, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Children are required by law to be in school.The school district is required to provide a safe environment. Schools are now prmoting no bullying polocies are they not. This teachers behavior was a display of bullying . Her behavior was criminal. Please fire this teacher. She is a threat to the children and is in no way a role model or fit to teach.

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    • judy carr HIGLEY, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a teacher and I have witnessed teachers doing likewise in California....sickening.....

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