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Florida teacher under investigation for bullying FFA students

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A Florida teacher may lose his job after bullying FFA students about raising livestock. According to the Orlando Sentinel, middle school science teacher Thomas Roger Allison Jr., 53, has been placed on unpaid leave from Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks near Ocala, following statements the teacher made about FFA students being “murderers” because they raised livestock for slaughter.

Following a 10-day investigation and dozens of accusations from teachers, students, and parents, Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier filed an eight-page termination request. Maier wrote that Allison “has engaged in a repeated, egregious pattern of mistreating, ridiculing, insulting, intimidating, embarrassing bullying and abusing FFA students, crushing their dreams and causing them to feel that they must discontinue FFA activities to enjoy a peaceful school environment.”

The AP reported that Allison, a finalist for the 2016 Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, told investigators he won’t stop speaking out on animal slaughter and said he is innocent.

His case is pending a hearing before the school board.

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