A shocking incident alleged unfolded at Griffin Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, where a sixth-grade teacher named Angel Drew Footman, 23, has been arrested. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Footman is facing four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
This disturbing situation came to light on March 23 when a school resource deputy received a report regarding Footman allowing children to fight in her classroom during school hours. As a result, an investigation was launched by the deputy.
The investigation uncovered multiple instances where Footman allegedly permitted fights to occur in her classroom. Videos of these fights began circulating among concerned parents and administrators. In the videos, Footman can be seen sitting on her desk, showing no intention of intervening.
Shockingly, her voice can be heard on the videos instructing the students to refrain from screaming and pulling hair during the fights. It was reported that Footman would only step in to break up the fights after a short period of time.
During interviews with investigators, several female students who participated in the fights were identified and questioned. They revealed that the fights were not spontaneous but rather pre-planned. Footman allegedly asked these students if they were interested in having “friendly fades” before their fights and provided them with specific instructions such as no screaming, yelling, or phone usage during the altercation. Astonishingly, she even invited the students to return during her 6th period for a second round of fighting.
Further investigation uncovered that the students were called out of their regular classes to participate in these fights since they were not supposed to be in Footman’s classroom. Shockingly, Footman failed to report these fights to the school administration as required by school policy.
On April 7, Footman turned herself in and was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to court documents, she was released from jail but ordered to abstain from alcohol and to have no contact with the alleged victims. Footman’s court appearance has been scheduled for May 4.
The allegations against Footman have understandably caused significant concern among parents and the wider community. Many individuals are calling for greater oversight and accountability for teachers. In response to the incident, the school district has assured the public that it is taking the matter seriously and conducting its own investigation. The district has emphasized its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its students and staff members.
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