CHARLOTTE, N.C. -— The Anson County High School teacher who has been suspended without pay for slapping a student has started the process to try to get her job back.
Pat Frost and her attorney Joshua Van Kampen sat in Van Kampen’s Charlotte office Tuesday evening after filing paperwork asking for a hearing where Anson school officials would have to explain why Frost is being fired.
“What can I say? I was just disappointed,” said Frost of the decision to suspend her -- a preliminary step to termination.
Frost made national headlines in June when she slapped an Anson High School student who she said pushed and threatened her after she told him to pull up his sagging pants.
“He made contact with me. I can’t really remember exactly. I pushed him back to keep him away and at that point he came around and slugged me on the side of my head,” Frost said.
Both Frost and the student filed criminal assault charges against each other.
Anson School Superintendent Gregory Firn said last month that he was conducting an investigation and interviewing witnesses.
In a new statement last week, Firn wrote, “Following that investigation and a complete review of all circumstances, Ms. Frost has now been suspended without pay, effective August 30, 2012.”
Frost and her attorney now also know that the same student had previously been arrested for violence against a female at the school, and at the time of the incident with Frost, he was charged with sexual battery, kidnapping and assault.
“We think the superintendent acted recklessly and negligently with that student even being there,” Van Kampen said.
Van Kampen also said school officials have refused to allow Frost to see video tape from a surveillance camera that may have captured the scuffle with the student.
“They are hiding the tape from view so that leads us to believe the tape actually favors our version of what happened,” he said.
No date has yet been set for a hearing.