Palm Beach County teacher terminated for action against student

Palm Beach County Schools
Palm Beach Gardens middle school teacher, Zedrick Barber, was terminated by the Palm Beach County School Board Wednesday for inappropriate use of force against a student.

Barber, who is also former Riviera Beach police officer, has taught for more than 11 years at Howell L. Watkins Middle School.

Last April, the teacher became the focus of an investigation for inappropriate use of force against a student.

The female student has stated to officials that Barber asked her to leave his American history class in January when she refused to participate.

When she knocked over a book while leaving the class, she claims Barber grabbed her backpack, resulting in her falling to the floor, according to documents.

A hallway surveillance camera captured video of Barber pulling the girl by the arm, then dragging her by an arm and a leg.

The Palm Beach County School District has not publicly released the video.

Following the incident, Barber was removed from the classroom and reassigned, the district said.

During an investigation, Barber gave false information and failed to exercise appropriate judgement.

The School Board met Wednesday and moved forward with Superintendent Robert Avossa’s recommendation to fire Zedrick Barber.

Although terminated, Barber may appeal the decision.

In 2014, Barber had a bout with trouble when the school district issued him a ten-day suspension for using unreasonable force in two separate incidents involving students.

That suspension was overturned by a judge.

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