JCPS teacher fired after pattern of unsafe behavior with students

JCPS teacher fired after physical restraint allegations

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Public School teacher was fired for a consistent pattern of using physical restraint to manage her classroom. The termination letter addressed to Jodi Anderson, lists 21 charges that support the termination and dates back to 2006 at Layne Elementary School.

The letter cites incidents starting in 2006 where Anderson used physical restraints for longer than necessary and withheld food from students until they completed tasks.

The termination letter states in 2011 Anderson instructed a teacher to spank a student. When the teacher refused, Anderson said she should not be concerned because the student couldn't tell anyone. This same student was verbally impaired.

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An investigation from 2014 said Anderson restrained a student against a wall when he began to vomit. The letter said Anderson restrained the student for 40 minutes and then instructed the student to clean up with Lysol wipes, but didn't let the student's parents know that he had vomited.

In April 2016, Anderson was transferred from Layne Elementary to a temporary Materials Production assignment. The reassignment letter said Anderson was not to have any contact with students or staff at Layne. Most recently, she was a teacher at Fairdale Elementary.
On Sept. 21, 2016 school officials had a meeting alerting Anderson of her termination with the district.

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Anderson will have 10 days from receiving the letter to notify Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt and Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens to answer to the charges. If Anderson chooses to respond to these charges, a tribunal will be organized with three members. A hearing will then be scheduled no more than 45 days after Anderson notifies Hargens and Pruitt.

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