Dru Dehart: Online petition urges the St. Lucie County School Board to fire Northport K-8 teacher

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A new petition was created on Change.org Wednesday asking the St. Lucie County School Board to fire Northport K-8 teacher Dru Dehart.

It comes after a Tuesday night school board meeting when Dehart was put on unpaid suspension.

"I was just not willing to let it get swept under the rug," Radravious Williams' mother Latasha Darrisaw said.

Williams says he was beaten by a group of classmates in March at Northport K-8.

According to a district investigation, one of the students said, "Ms. Dehart told us to come out here and do this to him."

Williams' attorney Dena Sisk Foman says she will file a lawsuit against the district, the teacher, and the parents of the students involved.

"The parents are responsible for the actions of their children. That is the reason they will be named," Foman said.

She also says she may name other teachers in the lawsuit who allegedly allowed students to leave their classrooms shortly before the fight started.

Williams admitted to talking back to the teacher, but says he never threatened her.

The new investigation says after the incident Dehart "tracked down students during lunch and contaminated their memories."

Williams' mother says that is an upsetting allegation.

"She didn't try to take responsibility. She tried to go back and hide from what she did," Darrisaw said.

Nowhere in the district's investigation does it say that Dehart actually told the students to beat up Williams.

Dehart requested a special hearing under the Florida Department of Education according to district officials.

According to a department spokeswoman, the hearings can vary in format and can result in no action, fines, or revocation of an educators license.

Dehart's attorney Mark Wilensky spoke with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers on Wednesday saying: "Mrs. Dehart has no statement to make. We will proceed properly in the proper form and not in the newspapers."

Both the St. Lucie County School District and the Teacher's Union did not want to comment on the situation.

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