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Substitute teacher arrested after hitting pregnant student

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Updated: 10/24/2013 11:42 pm
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.-- A substitute teacher is out of a job after a pregnant student said he hit her.

Garrett Scott was a substitute teacher in Fernandina Beach. Police say Scott took advantage of his authority. According to the police report, Scott slapped a student during class. That student was six months pregnant. Scott was immediately fired.

Students say Scott had an attitude and even used foul language, before hitting the student. We went to Scott's home, but there was no answer. He also did not return our phone call.

We went right to the superintendent to ask how substitutes are screened.

"They have to be recommend by a principal," said Superintendent Dr. John Ruis.

Ruis tells us they also go through a background screening and more training. He's hopeful something like this will not happen again. "That's something that will not be tolerated," said Ruis.

Police tell us Scott doesn't appear to have a criminal history. We did speak to the student's family, but they did not want to comment.
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