Substitute teacher at Nolan Middle School charged with grabbing student

December 12, 2013 

Kenneth Machol, child abuse, no bond

MANATEE -- A substitute teacher at Nolan Middle School in Lakewood Ranch was arrested Thursday after he grabbed a student and dragged him out of a classroom, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Kenneth Machol, 57, was charged with child abuse, and he is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

School officials reported the incident to the sheriff's office, and after interviewing the 13-year-old student, deputies arrested Machol at his residence, according to a news release.

According to the report, Machol became upset with the student over his school work. He grabbed the student by the arm and shoulder and dragged him out of the classroom, the sheriff's office said.

The child was not injured, and he reported what had happened to school officials.

An assistant principal immediately questioned Machol about what had happened. Machol said he lifted the the student by a "hoodie" and "escorted" him out of the classroom, according to a school district report.

Machol was then dismissed from his teaching assignment and escorted off campus.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident, according to the school district.

“Effective immediately, you will be removed from the substitute list with the School District of Manatee County,” school district personnel director Rebecca Wells said in a letter to Machol. “Substitutes serve as on-call employees and therefore serve at the pleasure of the district and are employees at will.”

The letter informed Machol he is no longer eligible to apply for any open positions at the school district.

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