Oct 17, 1986 Herald and Review Jack Kinser
M ontticello teacher reprimanded. By CHERYL FRANK HraM Rtvtew BurtM CMf MONTICELLO - A sixth-grade sixth-grade sixth-grade Washington Elementary School teacher, found to have violated the district's corporal punishment policy by knocking a student's head against a blackboard, has received a written reprimand and may be fired if he does it again. Jack Kinser of Monticello, who has been a teacher with the district 24 -years, -years, was found guilty of the violation at the school board meeting meeting Wednesday evening, said Superintendent Superintendent Donald Pratt. Kinser declined to comment on the charges. Pratt said Kinser "did violate the policy. I don't think there's any question about that." The board also said if Kinser violates the policy again, he may be fired, said Pratt. "This is a remedial situation in which a written warning must be given." The district policy says corporal punishment "does not include striking striking of the head, face or ears, and does not include prolonged or excessive excessive shaking of a student." ;The policy states that before corporal corporal punishment, school personnel "shall give the student oral notice of the charges which constitute the student's student's gross disobedience or misconduct." misconduct." ; According to Charlotte Cody, who said she is a single parent, several students witnessed the incident three weeks ago between Kinser and her 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old son, Paul. Cody said her son told her he was yelled at and manhandled and his "head somehow butted the blackboard blackboard a couple of times" when he failed to produce homework assignments assignments after being out of school a few days for an illness. Cody said when she learned of the incident she went to State's Attorney Hugh Finson. The incident was investigated investigated by a policeman and the school principal and findings were presented to the school board. She said parents should have been asked before their children were interviewed interviewed for the investigation, but some were not. About 50 parents from the school met Tuesday night with Pratt, she said. Parents compared notes and found many had complained about Kinser's conduct in school toward their children. But his record up to that point "was completely clean," said Cody. Cody's lawyer, Jim Ayers of Monticello, said he was "evaluating the situation." Cody said the matter was probably resolved and that she was "pleased" with the outcome of the board meeting. She said she hopes her son is not harassed in school, where he has two classes with Kinser.