The teacher at Manatee School for the Arts was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Manatee County Jail on $1,500 bond
A teacher at Manatee School for the Arts, a public charter middle and high school in Palmetto, was arrested Thursday after hitting a student, according to a police report, and later fired.
Maurice Herring, 43, was teaching a class Tuesday when he thought a student was writing with a pencil on the whiteboard, according to officers at the Palmetto Police Department.
Herring came up behind the student and struck her with a file folder with two metal rods, a witness told police. Police reported that the student’s arm was slightly swollen with two raised red marks from the metal rod. Surveillance footage shows Herring swinging at the student, the report stated.
Herring was arrested Thursday on a charge of child abuse without great bodily harm and is currently being held at the Manatee County Jail on $1,500 bond.
He was fired from Manatee School for the Arts, according to an email Principal Bill Jones sent to parents Friday.
"Please be assured that the Administration of MSA takes matters of student safety and their well being very seriously," Jones said in the email.