Former teacher's aide accused of assaulting student sues Milwaukee Public Schools

Suit: MPS failed to warn about violent conditions
Posted at 7:16 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 08:22:56-05

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former teacher's aide shown in a video pushing a student to the floor last year says in a lawsuit that Milwaukee Public Schools failed to warn him about "violent conditions" at the school.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by 40-year-old Jasmine Pennix against the school system also contends he was not provided training to deal with "violent, criminal students" at Bayview High School.

The school fired Pennix a few days after the incident last April. A Milwaukee Public Schools spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the district does not comment on pending litigation.

Pennix, who is black, alleges racial and gender discrimination and asks for an unspecified amount in damages.

Pennix pleaded no contest but was found guilty of misdemeanor battery for the confrontation with the 14-year-old student, who is also black.


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