FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A now-former St. Lucie County teacher was arrested after a cellphone video showed her hitting a 6th-grade student with what appeared to be part of a broomstick.
It happened at Forest Grove Middle School last week.READ MORE: NOAA: 'Above Average' 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Predicts 6-10 Hurricanes
The student’s mother, Joselyn Destine, said her 12-year-old son had some sort of disagreement with the teacher, 49-year-old Cyntyche Darling-Lundy, and she struck him.
Destine said she called the sheriff’s office after she heard what happened and then saw the video.READ MORE: Insurance Bills Clear Committee, Move To Florida Senate
Darling-Lundy has been charged with child abuse.
The St. Lucie County Public School District said Darling-Lundy was hired in 2010 as a food service assistant and she had just started her position as an “exceptional student education” or ESE teacher in August.
“The alleged behavior is intolerable and reprehensible. As a result of the initial investigation, the teacher was terminated on April 21st,” according to a statement from the district.MORE NEWS: Florida Tourism Thriving Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend
Destine said she plans to take legal action.