Jennifer Wells-Jackson: the fourth teacher in the district to be arrested for child abuse. Jennifer Wells-Jackson a 49-year-old Connecticut teacher of Magnet School in New Haven gets arrested for abruptly pulling the hair of her 12-year-old student Destinique James. In a video posted to social media, Destinique James' a teacher can be seen grabbing and pulling her hair as other students shout and cry around her. Finally, the teacher lets go of the child eventually pushing her head while doing so. James did not suffer any injury from the incident but she declined medical attention says the police officer.
While her mother informs that she is disgusted by the incident. “There are certain things you say and there are certain things you don’t say; there’s certain things you do and certain things you’re not supposed to do especially when dealing with people’s children,” Destinie, James’s mother said. “At the end of the day, there’s no justification for putting your hands on someone’s child.” New Haven Public Schools' director of marketing and communications, Justin Harmon, said the district takes student safety seriously and that it is cooperating with the New Haven Police Department's investigation.
This 49-year-old teacher chose not to reveal her motive behind the attack. Following her arrest, she was released on a $20,000 bond. Her court appearance is expected for Monday. She was convicted for risk of injury to a child and a misdemeanor count of second-degree breach of peace for the incident at the King/Robinson Inter-district Magnet School in New Haven at around 3.45 p.m. on February 1.