Teacher fired after surveillance video showed her kicking a student

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The Shawnee Mission School District fired Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School teacher Crystal Smith last month following an investigation into the reported battery of a child.

Surveillance video from inside the school’s library on Feb. 21 shows Smith kicking a 5-year-old student. The student’s family is now pursuing a civil action in the matter, and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing criminal charges in the case.

The board of education approved Smith’s termination as a teacher on March 5 as part of its consent agenda. It was Smith’s first year as a teacher with Shawnee Mission.

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