Officials: Florida teacher accused of encouraging students to fight

A Florida middle school teacher accused of encouraging kids to hit each other is now on leave.

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The teacher, who has not been identified and was suspended with pay, works at Creekside Middle School in Port Orange.

The school said a child was bruised and it is now under investigation.

Administrators at Creekside Middle School are investigating how exactly he was hurt and if a teacher was partially responsible.

Many Creekside parents got a call Thursday from the principal. It was about a student who said he'd been hurt at school Wednesday and his teacher was involved.

Chrissy Franks' son is a Creekside sixth-grader. She said he told her what happened on their way to a baseball game Friday night.

Because she hadn't heard the call she didn't really believe him, until now.

“I'm just finding all this out now, listening to this part, too,” Franks said.

The school said the child's parents told the school guardian who called the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said parents didn't want law enforcement involved, but the school is still doing its own investigation.

“You don't tell them to put your hands on other kids at all no matter what.” Franks said.

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