Teacher fingerprints students
(WSVN) A mother is upset after a South Florida teacher– who said she was giving a unique lesson after a crime on campus– fingerprinted her son.
The teacher, who teaches at William Dandy Middle School in Fort Lauderdale, said her purse was stolen, so she wanted to use the moment as a teaching experience by fingerprinting her students.
When Moriah Devonish’s son, Jayln Devonish, told her about it, she was furious. “So when I heard he was fingerprinted, I thought what excuse did she have? Why did she have my son fingerprinted? For what reason, was the police there? He was like, ‘Well, somebody stole my teacher’s stuff’. I said, ‘It doesn’t matter. We have a process we have to go through.'”
The event occurred in mid-September. The teacher, according to Devonish, decided to take formal statements from all the students in the class and take their fingerprints. “I was like, wow. I was surprised,” said the son. “I was speechless.”
Devonish said, during these statements and fingerprinting there was no police present, just a teacher and her students. The statement from the Broward School District reads: “The teacher in question was given a letter of reprimand. She said fingerprinting was part of a forensics class; but the administration believes she went overboard.”
The teacher has been reprimanded, and police have deemed it a procedural issue and not a criminal case. Still, Devonish was left furious. She wants to speak out in hopes it never happens again. “You can’t do that. I wasn’t even called. It was really, really mean and offensive,” said Devonish.