Teacher fired after girl hit in face by flying scissors

Student suffers scratches on her face

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County middle school teacher has been fired after a student said he threw a pair of scissors in class, striking her in the face.

The girl said her eighth-grade science teacher at Westridge Middle School in Orlando was upset at another student and threw the scissors across the room. She said the scissors ricocheted off a whiteboard and hit her in the face, leaving her with scratches.

The girl said she reported the incident to a counselor the day it happened, but her mother said she learned about the incident from her daughter's Snapchat messages, not the school.

"The teacher was cursing. He kept saying a couple words. He was angry. I guess the (other) kid kept doing the same thing and wouldn't listen, so he took the scissors away from the kid and tossed them and they hit her," said the girl's mother, Jayme Olivera. "We teach (children not to) run with scissors. Why are you throwing scissors in class?"

School officials confirmed to News 6 that the teacher has been fired, but Olivera said the discipline only occurred after she intervened.

"They really didn't say much. I feel like they really didn't make it a thing," Olivera said. " We guard our children. We take care of our children, and if it had of been the other way around, if (my daughter) had thrown the scissors, I'm sure I would have gotten a phone call. She would have been suspended, she would have been expelled. She wouldn't have been able to go back to the school."

News 6 is not naming the teacher because he has not been charged with a crime.

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