A Florida center college instructor was arrested after allegedly attacking one in every of her college students with the deal with of a damaged metallic broom.
Cyntyche Darling Lundy, 49, stands accused of 1 rely of felony youngster abuse. A warrant was not too long ago issued for her arrest by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Workplace and she or he was arrested on April 22, 2022.
“St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Workplace detectives started investigating youngster abuse allegations in opposition to Ms. Darling Lundy on Friday after studying that the previous Forest Grove Center College instructor had struck one in every of her college students with a broomstick,” SLC Sheriff Ken Mascara mentioned in a press launch posted on Fb earlier this week.
In response to West Palm Seaside, Fla.-based NBC affiliate WPTV, a St. Lucie Public Faculties spokesperson confirmed Lundy had been fired.
The alleged incident occurred on April 19, 2022.
“St. Lucie Public Faculties is conscious of significant allegations in opposition to a instructor,” the assertion reads. “The college district is working carefully with our native regulation enforcement companions. The alleged conduct is insupportable and reprehensible. Because of the preliminary investigation, the instructor has been terminated. This conduct represents a complete disregard for SLPS’s mission to offer a protected and caring educating and studying surroundings and such conduct isn’t tolerated.”
Video of the incident that reportedly led to the defendant’s arrest and firing has been circulating on-line–and shared by native media retailers.
Within the footage, which college officers reportedly seen earlier than letting the instructor go, an grownup lady might be seen putting a minor boy with a grey or silver rod. The boy screams in ache because the implement makes contact with the precise facet of his physique.
In response to the arrest report, Darling Lundy first threw the weapon on the youngster however missed–breaking a pc display. Then she allegedly pinned the kid between two desks and struck him thrice with the broom deal with in his arm, hand and leg, citing sufferer himself. Police cited a Snapchat video, nevertheless, which they mentioned appeared to point out the defendant hitting the boy twice.
“I wish to get out,” the boy says simply moments earlier than the violence. To which the girl within the video replies: “You prefer it proper there.”
The ex-teacher provided a considerably completely different model of occasions to highschool officers–which was then copied into the police report:
She acknowledges the Sufferer was appearing in a playful method after not following instruction. She mentioned he picked up the damaged piece of broom and was working round with it. The stick had a pointy level and she or he didn’t need anybody getting harm. When she took it from him, she it [sic] reduce her hand. She identified to the Sufferer what he did. [Redacted.] She said she cleaned her wound and the Sufferer went again to his desk. She didn’t write the Sufferer up as a result of it was “Playful” interplay. She mentioned she later gave him chewing gum, and the subsequent day, requested for a hug.
“She can pay for this,” the boy’s mom, Joselyn Destine advised Tequesta, Fla.-based ABC affiliate WPBF. “She is not going to do that to a different youngster.”
Darling Lundy was booked into the Palm Seaside County Jail and launched on a $5,000 bond roughly three hours after being processed.
“The security of our college students on campus stays a high precedence,” Mascara added. “We thank the Palm Seaside County Sheriff’s Workplace for helping on this arrest and recognize our continued partnership with the St. Lucie Public Faculties to maintain our college students protected.”
[image via St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office]
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