Jasmine Pennix Fired and Charged after Pushing Student in Class
39-year-old Jasmine Pennix is charged with Felony Physical Abuse of a Child, following an incident caught on camera Wednesday.
That video, which has made national headlines, shows Pennix shoving a 14-year-old student to the ground and holding his neck.
Pennix made his initial appearance in court Friday, the same day the school district cut ties with the former teacher's aide.
Milwaukee Public Schools has terminated the teacher aide involved in the April 20 incident with a Bay View student. This decision is based on the district’s investigation of the incident. The termination is effective today.
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.
Bond for Pennix was set at $2500, and he is ordered to have no contact with the student.
He's due back in court on May 10th.