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Teacher suspended after pinning 2nd grade student to wall, district says

Student swung laptop at Stephanie Stripling-Mitchell, report says

Hyde Grove Elementary School teacher Stephanie Stripling-Mitchell was suspended for 10 days for an altercation with a second grade student.
Hyde Grove Elementary School teacher Stephanie Stripling-Mitchell was suspended for 10 days for an altercation with a second grade student.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Duval County elementary school teacher was disciplined last month because the district said she pinned a student against a wall after he swung a laptop at her.

The boy was a second grader at Hyde Grove Elementary School.

The teacher, Stephanie Stripling-Mitchell, was suspended May 25 without pay for 10 days.

The investigative report into the incident found that Stripling-Mitchell put her hand and arm against the student's throat and pinned him against a wall in late April.

READ: Investigative report, including hand-written letters from students

Another teacher said the child was acting out.

That teacher said that although she felt the teacher had the right to defend herself, she believed Stripling-Mitchell lost control.

This wasn't Stripling-Mitchell's first offense.

She was written up in May 2012 for profanity and derogatory speech toward employees.

And she was written up in January for pushing a child to the floor and reprimanding him in front of other students.

Stripling-Mitchell is also required to get help through the Employee Assistance Program as part of her discipline.