Substitute teacher at Nolan Middle School charged with grabbing student

jdeleon@bradenton.comDecember 14, 2013 

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MANATEE -- A substitute teacher at Nolan Middle School in Lakewood Ranch is charged with child abuse after investigators say he grabbed a student and dragged him out of a classroom, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office

Kenneth Machol, 57, was arrested on Thursday and charged with knowingly or willfully causing child abuse without great harm.

Investigators say Machol became upset with the student over his school work and, following an exchange of words, he grabbed the student and dragged him out of the classroom, according to reports.

The child was not injured.

The incident was reported to the sheriff's office by school officials, and after further investigation, Machol was arrested at his residence, according to the release.

Machol appeared before Manatee County Judge Charles Sniffen in a first appearance hearing on Friday afternoon.

"At this point I am not finding sufficient information to determine probable cause," Sniffen said. "I am going to

grant the state a 24 hours continuance to provide additional information."

In the meantime, Sniffen set Machol's bond at $1,500, which Machol said he could pay.

A substitute performance report in Machol's personnel file at the school district details the incident.

An assistant principal at the school intervened and immediately questioned Machol, who confirmed he had lifted the student by his hoodie and "escorted" him out of the classroom, according to the report.

Machol was then handed paperwork dismissing him and was escorted off campus.

The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

"Effective immediately, you will be removed from the substitute list with the School District of Manatee County," Director for Personnel Rebecca Wells said in a letter. "Substitutes serve as on-call employees and therefore serve at the pleasure of the district and are employees at will."

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

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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