LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A former Jefferson County Public Colleges instructor who was fired after being caught on mobile phone video combating a scholar at Moore Excessive Faculty is operating for Kentucky state consultant.
William Bennett was fired from JCPS on Dec. 16 for “insubordination, conduct unbecoming of a instructor, inefficiency, incompetency, and neglect of responsibility,” in accordance with the termination letter.
Bennett is now operating for the state consultant seat in Hardin County’s District 25 as a republican.
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He filed on Jan. 25, the final day to enroll, as “Invoice” Bennett fairly than William, in accordance with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s web site. His tackle data verify his identification.
Bennett was reassigned by JCPS pending an investigation after a video surfaced on social media on Aug. 23 displaying him pinning a scholar on the bottom and gripping his hair as two different college students tried to tug him off.
A JCPS spokesperson confirmed that Moore Excessive Faculty safety footage had been reviewed, stating that the scholar began the struggle and punched Bennett at the back of the pinnacle earlier than turning to stroll away. Bennett then circled and yanked the scholar, throwing him to the bottom and pinning his whole physique on prime of him, all whereas pulling the scholar’s hair.
Bennett advised investigators that he tried to go away the state of affairs by strolling into the counselor’s workplace, although video footage confirmed him strolling at the least 10 toes previous the workplace’s entrance and towards the library, permitting him to reengage and hit the scholar within the stomach.
WAVE Troubleshooters investigated Bennett’s historical past and located a collection of documented complaints by college students and directors from every of the 4 earlier faculty districts the place he labored. Among the many complaints and disciplinary paperwork are allegations that he grabbed a scholar’s arm and didn’t let go, made sexual jokes, and made a collection of “inappropriate feedback.” He was additionally accused of interfering with that investigation.
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