A Ponce de Leon High School teacher is on administrative leave amid reports that she played a role in the bullying of a student who has a learning disability.
Krystal Prevatt, a reading teacher at PHS, was placed on leave last week after a parent alleged she mocked and videoed her son, a student in Prevatt’s remedial reading class.
Attempts to reach Prevatt for comment were unsuccessful, but Holmes County Superintendent of Schools Eddie Dixon confirmed the teacher has been placed on leave per school system policy.
“My son said he fell asleep in the classroom and awoke to (Prevatt’s) cell phone in his face, and she was counting the students down to yell at him to wake up,” alleged the child’s mother, who won’t be named in order to protect the child’s identity. “She then told him in front of the class she was going to post the video on Facebook and YouTube.”
The parent claims the incident is “just the latest” in a long line of events in which her son was singled out.
“She has made homosexual innuendos to him in front of the class as well,” said the parent. “He asked to go to the restroom after another male student had also gone, and she asked if he was the other student’s boyfriend, telling him he couldn’t hold his hand in the bathroom. I want to know why my son, who has a documented learning disability, is being singled out. Furthermore, videoing him without my or his consent is a violation of his civil rights.”
Superintendent Dixon said he can’t comment on the investigation but stressed placing Prevatt on Administrative Leave was merely a procedural act and doesn’t constitute the school system’s belief the allegations are true.
“At this time, it is not ethical to comment on an on going investigation concerning one of our employees,” said Dixon. “I can say that we investigate every complaint, however, and that (place Prevatt on leave) is just standard school policy. Every decision made by the Holmes County School Board focuses on the singular goal of ensuring the best possible learning environment for all students.”