Video appears to show Jacksonville teacher pulling First Coast High School student's hair

Jacksonville teacher under investigation for student hail pull video

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A First Coast High School teacher has been reassigned after a video circulating on social media appears to show the teacher pulling a student's hair.

First Coast High School Principal Timothy Simmons said in a call to parents that the incident is being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Duval County Public Schools Professional Standards Division.

The video was posted Wednesday on Instagram account "duvalpromo."

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The DCPS Instagram account commented on the video, saying "Good morning and thank you for bringing this to our community's attention. We are aware of the incident that occurred yesterday morning and are investigating. Additionally, the Department of Children and Families has been informed. The teacher has been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation."

Here is the full text of Simmons' message to parents:

Dear First Coast High School Parents and Guardians,
This is principal Simmons calling to inform you of a situation on our campus regarding alleged inappropriate conduct of one of our teachers. A video is circulating that appears to show a teacher pulling the hair of a student.
The school district's professional standards division is conducting an investigation and the department of children and families has also been contacted. Because this is under investigation, I cannot say more, but I do want you to know that the teacher has been reassigned from the classroom pending the outcome of the investigation.
First Coast High School and Duval County Public Schools have very high standards for professional conduct, and we take all such matters very seriously.
Again, I just wanted you to be aware. Have a great rest of your evening and I look forward to seeing your students in school tomorrow.


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