Teacher fired after student records comments, St. Lucie County School District says

Student claims teacher was being mean

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE: The student's suspension has been lifted and she is back in school, according to the child's mother.

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A Samuel Gaines Academy teacher in Fort Pierce has been fired after a student recorded the teacher whom she says was being mean to another student.

11-year-old student Brianna Cooper recorded video after she says she was trying to defend a classmate.

In the recording, Cooper says you hear the teacher say, "Don't let size fool you. I will drop you… You don't know me, that's all I'm saying. So, don't give me no look."

Cooper played more of the recording, where she says the teacher also said, "You're the biggest kid in 5th grade and you're acting like the smallest one…. I wonder what your mom looks like."

Cooper claims the teacher had been mean to students before so she took the video to prove it.

The St. Lucie County School District released this statement this afternoon:

"The staff at Sam Gaines Academy investigated the incident involving unprofessional behavior by the teacher and took swift, appropriate action.  The teacher was dismissed and no longer works for the school system."

Cooper was suspended for five days for making the recording which the school said was illegal.  

Her mother is fighting to have the suspension removed from her record.

The school district has not said if it will or if it would drop the suspension.

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