A Kentucky teacher who pinned a student to the ground and pulled his hair has a years-long history of violent incidents, according to local reports.
William Bennett was reassigned to “non-instructional duties” at Jefferson County Public Schools following the August incident, in which he was caught on video brawling with student Jamir Strane. Strane was suspended and faces an assault charge.
Now records obtained by WAVE 3 News detail a 1999 incident from when Bennett taught at Hardin County Schools.
Bennett, facing a rowdy class, allegedly grabbed the desk of one disruptive student and threatened him with detention, according an account of the 1999 incident. The student then left the classroom.
“Mr. Bennett caught up with him, grabbed him by the arm,” an assistant principal wrote at the time. “The student jerked his arm away. I told Mr. Bennett I had the student and not to worry. Mr. Bennett grabbed the student again by the arm.