• Substitute teacher accused of calling student bisexual

    By: Catherine Varnum


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local mom says a substitute teacher called her son bisexual in the classroom.

    Robyn Williams is talking about a substitute teacher at Landmark Middle School. "She looked at DJ and said that he's bisexual," said Williams.

    Williams says she couldn't believe what her son was telling her. "I was so mad and hurt for him. I was angry another adult would talk to a 12-year-old boy like this. It floored me," said Williams.

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    But she says getting an answer from the district about how and why this happened wasn't easy. We called Duval County public schools looking for answers. We were told they did an investigation and the investigation did not support the allegations. But the teacher is no longer allowed to sub at the school. "No one interviewed my son," said Williams.

    The district tells Action News it has a contract with Kelly Services to hire substitute teachers. We went there. After several minutes, we were given a business card of someone else to contact. A couple of hours later, we got an email from another Kelly Services representative saying the company is concerned about the report, and that "the alleged incident is being reviewed."

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    Even though the substitute isn't in the classroom, Williams says that's not enough. "Not until she's not allowed to teach anywhere. I don't want another child to go through what my son did," said Williams.

    We did ask the district for its policy on hiring substitutes. It's only one page and requires a person to be 18 years old, have 60 college credits and have a background check.

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