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Beaumont ISD substitute teacher fired for throwing objects at students

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For the second time in two months, the Beaumont Independent School District has had to deal with a substitute teacher behaving badly.

On Nov. 8, 2013, Michael Fisher, 24, was fired from his substitute job at Willie Ray Smith Middle School for punching out a 13-year-old boy. Now, Mia Griffin, 27, has been let go from Vincent Middle School for what BISD referred to as "exhibiting inappropriate disciplinary actions."

Parents are demanding more than that, they want better accountability from the school district.

Griffin is accused of throwing objects at the students. She was immediately fired and removed from the campus.

Vincent parent Christopher Jones said, "They did right by letting the teacher go, ‘cause you never know what could happen next time."

Another parent, Maddie Keller, told us, "Kids are not safe anywhere, you know it's horrible, you send your kids to school, you don't know who's subbing for them."

We tried to get Griffin's side of the story, but she wasn't home and didn't return our phone messages.

Vincent parent Sonya Powell said, "Every sub that comes in should be certified to teach those students."

Unlike teachers, substitutes don't have to be certified. The only requirement is for them to have 60 college hours.

BISD released the following statement about the incident:

The Beaumont Independent School District takes seriously incidents involving student safety. Recently it was brought to our attention that a substitute teacher had been observed in the process of exhibiting inappropriate disciplinary actions such as throwing objects at students. Upon notification, the principal of the campus in question immediately removed the person from their position. Be assured that the rationale for any and all actions involving this individual is our responsibility to ensure the physical and educational well being of all students in our care. Student safety will always be uppermost on the agenda of Beaumont ISD.

We are told that Vincent Middle School's assistant principal made every effort to notify the parents of the students, who were in the classroom when Griffin threw the objects, about the incident.

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