According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, a Florida teacher faces criminal charges for contributing to juvenile delinquency. This is in connection to alleged organized fights in her classroom.
According to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office press release, Angel Drew Footman (23), was a sixth-grade teacher at Griffin Middle School. She allegedly allowed students to fight in her classroom during school hours.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Hanna Perry, a Leon County Sheriff’s Office detective, wrote that she made statements like “30 seconds, no screaming no yelling no phones” and even asked two girls if they would return during her planning period.
According to WCTV, the fighters told me Footman had asked them if they wanted a ‘friendly’ fade before the fights started.
Many parents found videos and reported them to school administrators. Students in the class recorded the videos. Authorities said that multiple incidents occurred on March 22.
According to WCTV, Footman can be seen at her desk and failing to intervene in the videos.
According to court documents obtained by the Miami Herald, four girls who were caught fighting said that the fights were preplanned by Footman and endorsed him.
Multiple school administrators recognized Footman’s voice in the recordings. They issued directives such as “stop pulling hair” or “break it up,” according to the outlet.
Footman told investigators that she had not organized fights, but that she failed to act quickly to stop them or report them to authorities.
Footman’s report was received by an LCSO School Resource Deputy on March 23. After a preliminary investigation, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Footman surrendered to the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office on April 7th.
She was booked and arrested. According to LCSO records, she is facing four counts of contributing towards the delinquency or exploitation of a minor.
Each conviction could land you up to one year behind bars
Although an archived copy of the school’s website, January 27, contains Footman’s listing, Griffin Middle School’s School currently doesn’t list her as a member of its faculty or staff.