School security monitor accused of head slam suspended

School security monitor accused of head slam suspended

Bill Stephens

September 16th, 2016


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jefferson County Public Schools worker accused of slamming a girl’s head into a table has been suspended.

The Courier-Journal reports ( district officials confirmed that Kevin Watson was suspended Wednesday with pay indefinitely as the incident is reinvestigated.

A report says the Breckinridge Metropolitan High School student sustained a head injury after Watson, a security monitor, used a form of Aikido martial arts training to physically restrain her last September.

In February, Watson received a written reprimand which appeared to blame the injury on a restraint gone wrong.

State officials have raised concerns that the method, which was used for several years in some schools, can result in injury and broken bones.

Last month, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt ordered public schools to stop using the martial arts technique.


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