Brevard School Board Members Vote Not To Fire Central Middle School Teacher After October Arrest
By Lauren Seabrook, James Tutten – WFTV // February 14, 2019
Kurt Kaufman Arrested in October After 'Physical Altercation' With Student
ABOVE VIDEO: West Melbourne police arrested the Central Middle School teacher in October on misdemeanor battery charges.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – The Brevard County superintendent believes a middle school teacher who was arrested for battery against a student should be fired.
But enough school board members disagree so that the teacher is instead headed back to the classroom.
The vote was nearly split down the middle and one board member admitted he changed his mind just 30 minutes before the meeting.
He said there’s more to the story that can’t be discussed because the board is not allowed to publicly talk about students.
Loud cheers and applause followed the Brevard County school board’s tight vote to keep coach Kurt Kaufman employed.
West Melbourne police arrested the Central Middle School teacher in October on misdemeanor battery charges.
Police said a student was late to class and when he walked into the room they said Kaufman forcefully grabbed the student, picked him up off the ground, and pushed him into the hallway.
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