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Schools

Teacher is suspended for cursing

By ANNE LINDBERG
Published May 2, 2007


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A Seminole High School teacher has been suspended without pay for calling a student an obscene name.

Barbara Hatchman, 57, called the boy an "a--hole" after she ordered him out of her social studies classroom for acting out, according to a school district report.

The Pinellas County School Board suspended the teacher for two days, which resulted in about $477 in lost pay, and ordered her to attend an "Ethics in Education" training class.

Hatchman declined to comment.

According to school records, Hatchman told officials that the student kept "mocking her" while she was teaching.

"She spoke with him several times, but he did not correct his behavior, " the record states.

"Finally, the student was given a discipline referral and directed to leave class. Ms. Hatchman stated out of her frustration she used profanity toward the student and that she realized she was wrong after she said it to the student."

The eight students who were in the class corroborated her statement.

"According to students' statements, a student was being very disruptive in class and rude to the teacher, " records say. "The students also stated Ms. Hatchman was frustrated with the student's behavior and directed him to leave the class. As he was leaving the classroom, the teacher called the student an a--hole in the presence of the class."

Hatchman taught at Fitzgerald Middle School from October 1993 until September 1996, when she transferred to Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg.

She left there in September 1997 to return to Fitzgerald in Clearwater. She moved to Seminole High in August 1998.

Her evaluations have been rated "meets expectations" or "exceeds expectations."

This is her first instance of discipline.

[Last modified May 1, 2007, 20:24:32]


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