Former Bayview High School Teacher's Aide Ordered to Trial
The Bayview High School former teacher's aide caught on camera slamming a student to the ground was in court this afternoon for a hearing.
Jasmine Pennix is facing a child abuse charge after this video was posted on social media last month. Pennix has since been fired from the school.
On Tuesday he waived his preliminary hearing and pled not guilty.
Pennix was bound over for trial and will be back in court for a scheduling conference in June. If convicted he faces up to six years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Pennix and the student were arguing when the student told Pennix to "Shut the [expletive] up." It says Pennix then pulled the back of the chair the student was sitting in, causing him to fall. The complaint says Pennix then put the student in a chokehold, as the student told the teacher to "get off."
Police say the two separated and a witness heard the student say “come do something.”
The defendant then allegedly shoved the student into a chair and then observed the defendant push the student to the ground with his hands around the student’s neck. During the incident, witnesses say Pennix was swearing at the student.
The student sustained injuries to his neck, hips and back.