Teacher who slapped student suspended without pay
ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Anson County school leaders have suspended a teacher without pay for slapping a student.
Pat Frost admits slapping Jonathan Smith but says she only did so after he refused to pull up his pants and cursed her out. Her attorney says Smith had already shoved past her when she tried to get his name, and that he was the first to get physical. Josh Van Kampen also tells WBTV,Smith was the aggressor and was in her face and made body contact with her.
Both are charged with assault.
Van Kampen is fighting to save Frost's 13-year teaching career, and he's hoping new information was released about the student who she allegedly assaulted Jonathan Smith can offer a new avenue of relief. "They didn't tell us about the criminal charges that stemmed from the very same school with the student that year," he said.
Court documents reveal that earlier in the class year, smith was charged with assault on a female, sexual battery, and second degree kidnapping for an incident that happened at the school, and Van Kampen hopes that he's found another break. It is a video account of the confrontation with Patricia Frost.
"We anticipate that it will be a smoking gun. That's the only explanation we can come up with why the superintendent is literally hiding it," Van Kampen said, The Anson County school system issued a one page statement.
It said in part, "Following that investigation and a complete review of all circumstances, Ms. Frost has now been suspended without pay, effective August 30, 2012.
Earlier this summer Frost spoke with WBTV. She said, "It's not about me keeping my job it's about teachers staying safe." That was Frost talking with WBTV earlier this summer... and at the time she was suspended with pay.
The former combat veteran plans to keep fighting. But it will be a tough battle. Jonathan Smith's mother and some others in the community say Frost went too far. And they don't believe she should keep her job.
Van Kampen has 14 days to appeal the decision.
The earlier charges against the student are still pending. Meanwhile, Frost is has a court date of September 25th to face the assault charges.
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