A Jacksonville Florida teacher, Kasey Goodin, faces punishment for gagging a student. School officials had previously recommended a three day suspension for Ms. Goodin, a Kirby Smith Middle School teacher. The Jacksonville Duval County School Board, however, rejected this recommendation as being too lenient. You can read more about this case at Jacksonville Florida Teacher Faces Punishment for Gagging Student at the Jacksonville – Florida Times Union newspaper web site.
The Duval County School Board is classified as a sovereign / governmental entity. As such, certain procedures must be followed to bring a civil action for the actions of the teacher. I have handles many governmental cases against city, county, and State agencies when a child is injured.
As for the teacher, she would be well advised to avoid gagging any students in the future. The article that I reviewed did not mention criminal charges. Whether or not there were any serious physical injuries, the teacher could be charged with assault and battery depending on the mindset of the local State Attorney’s office. Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. also handles criminal cases of this nature.
The teacher may ultimately be dismissed. Additional details are at Duct Tape Discipline May Cost Jacksonville Florida Teacher’s Job.
Due to the diversity of our practice areas, Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is well positioned to take on cases of this nature. If you have any questions or concerns about an incident at a Florida school, day care center, or other facility, please call David Wolf – a Florida personal injury and negligence attorney at (904) 355-8888.