First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 8:00 PM on 4/28, issued at 10:03 AM Bryceville, FL | Callahan, FL | Fernandina Beach, FL | Glen Saint Mary, FL

Clay County teacher fired

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/20 11:49 pm
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- A local teacher is defending himself after allegations he choked a student.

Mike Ford is telling his side of the story for the first time after being terminated Thursday night. He was arrested last year after allegations of putting a student in a choke hold.

"This was a kid out of control," said Ford.

"He kicked the chair. He literally grabs the chair and throws it. ... That is aggressive behavior," said Ford.

Ford maintains he was using reasonable force to restrain the child.

"The whole thing has been a farce," said Ford.

The school board spent nearly an hour going back and forth on whether to terminate Ford. He was fired last year but appealed the termination. Board members got choked up trying to decide what to do. One suggested a lesser punishment.

But it was a 3-2 vote to fire the P.E. teacher and track coach, who was surrounded by supporters.

"It's career-ending and I've spent 20 years in this profession," said Ford.

Ford was originally suspended without pay last year. We also found out the child abuse charge was dismissed by the court after Ford went through court-ordered counseling.
Share
2 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

almaaiken - 2/21/2014 3:33 PM
0 Votes
my roomate's step-aunt makes $75 every hour on the laptop . She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her payment was $16677 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here>>>> www.jobs74.com

Truthseeker - 2/21/2014 4:22 AM
2 Votes
It is a shame that school administrators don't have the guts to follow the "innocent until proven guilty" mantra that most of our country believes in.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.