Francis was also supposedly overheard uttering to one of her students, “When you act like a dog, you get treated like a dog,” said Lisa Brogan, the arbitrator who presided over Francis’ termination hearing.
Francis denied all of the allegations against her, saying that she was merely guilty of teaching the bully a lesson. The teaching veteran defended her actions by alleging that when she said, “How would you like it if [he] was to hit you back?” the victim took her words literally and began throwing punches out of the blue. Francis claims that she did not have a chance to protect the bully.
Brogan, however, did not believe Francis because of her failure to report the violence to her superiors.
The behavior is extremely disturbing…. At best, it was a horribly misguided attempt to teach a lesson about bullying,’ Brogan wrote. “She [Francis] exhibited extremely poor judgment and made an enormous blunder by trying to mete out a certain brand of justice for the class bully.”