Two Duval County middle school teachers with a history of disciplinary action are facing problems again.
The district has investigated Fletcher Middle School teacher Julie Bennett and James Weldon Johnson teacher Stephanie Raver, and Monday the school board voted to suspend Bennett for 20 days and Raver for 15 days.
Against Bennett, the district found “substantial evidence to sustain the charges of the exercise of poor judgment and inappropriate communication to and in the presence of students.” The school’s principal contacted the Office of Professional Standards in November. She told investigators Bennett had “screamed at her classroom of students, berated then, placed a student outside her classroom (unsupervised) and then mimicked the remaining students.”
Students lodged a number of complaints, telling the investigator Bennett would mock everyone for how they walk and talk. One student said “she called me and [redacted] lesbians and said we were making out in class behind our binders… we don’t enjoy being called lesbians we would like for this to stop.”
She made similar comments on several other occasions.
“Every day I hear her making fun of my friends,” said another student in the report.
Bennet had previously been reprimanded for inappropriate comments as well as failing to follow a directive from the school’s principal in the last several months.
Investigation in to Raver found numerous cases of using profanity in front of students, including the f-word. In October, the school’s principal fielded a complaint from a parent that, to students, Raver said “This is the 7th f’n week of school and you all still don’t know how to head your paper! You’re acting retarded! Start acting you age and not your shoe size.”
She also apparently left students unsupervised outside in the courtyard, was caught smoking in her car during a time she was supposed to be in the building planning, and appeared to be “under the influence and falling asleep” during a recent parent meeting.
Raver had already been disciplined for students not being adequately supervised and disrupting a designated testing room. Several parents had also complained about inappropriate comments made in the presence of students, including talk of sexual activity, condoms, divorce, and personal finances.