Tampa, Florida -- A special educationteacher was fired Tuesday after one of her students wandered away while on her watchand walked six miles homein October 2012.
Ingrid Peavy sat in on her termination hearing as the Hillsborough County School Board voted 4-3 to uphold the superintendent's recommendation to fire her from her teaching duties at Pierce Middle School.
During its investigation into the incident, school district officials argued Peavy knew the student had a history of leaving campus and did not follow the district's action plan.District officials say Peavy received the plan just days before the incident, on Oct. 22, and should have kept track of the boy.
The incident occurred just one week after 11-year-old Jennifer Caballero, a student with Down syndrome, walked off Rodgers Middle School's campus and drowned in a nearby pond.
"We have a responsibility to supervise those kids. This is especially egregious, because we knew there was a history here, and we had a plan in place," Hillsborough School District Steve Hegarty told 10 News back in March last year.
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