A long-serving Marco Island Charter Middle School teacher is under investigation for allegedly striking students in the classroom.
Computer and intensive math teacher Joe Jarrett faces “battery, simple assault” accusations, according to a Marco police crime report.
It’s claimed Jarrett hit some girl students and a boy in separate instances.
Officials at the school are not commenting to the media, but parents of students recently received an email confirming the “absence” of Jarrett.
The email states that because it is a “personnel issue,” it is against the school’s policy to elaborate.
It adds that (Jarrett) will not be returning to class until the “matter is resolved.”
Jarrett, along with four other MICMS teachers, in 2016 was recognized by the Florida Department of Education, as a “highest impact” teacher.
Teachers “who have had an impact on student learning that is among the State’s most statistically-significantly positive are chosen for this award,” according to the FDE.
Jarrett is also well known for coordinating and helping to chaperone student trips to Washington, D.C.
He has a military background, and was a survival instructor in the Air Force as well as a search and rescue team member.
He trained selected aircrew members how to live off the land, evade the enemy (if shot down or captured) and resist interrogation.
Coastal Breeze News will provide updates as they become available.