The Oct. 3 classroom incident resulting in the arrest of a middle-school teacher left one student with a concussion and another with a fractured wrist, according to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office warrant affidavit.
According to the document, this is what happened:
Several James A. Shanks Middle School students told a school resource officer that in an altercation between an eighth-grade girl and Kimberly Price, a teacher, another girl in class suffered a wrist injury.
One witness told the SRO that a girl and a boy were in the hallway playing when Price began to question the boy about his behavior, and Price tapped the boy on the head with a pen. The girl told Price she wished Price would hit her with the pen because if she did, they would have to fight.
After the girl made that comment, Price and the girl started to argue, and Price walked to her desk and got a rubber band. When asked what she needed with a rubber band, Price reportedly indicated she was going to put the girl in her place. Then Price put her hair in a pony tail and removed a shirt and jewelry, then allegedly said she didn’t need the job. During the course of the verbal argument, Price allegedly began to curse at the girl and threw the pen at her, bouncing it off the girl’s desk. As the girl approached, Price allegedly picked up a desk and threw it at the girl. It did not hit that girl; however, it hit the floor, broke and hit another girl’s wrist, causing the injury.
Price and the other girl started to fight, with Price allegedly throwing the girl on the floor and punching her in the face with her first and choking the girl around her neck.
According to her arrest affidavit, Price is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 275 pounds.
The incident was over in about three minutes, according to one witness. The SRO interviewed 12 more students in Price’s sixth-period class who witnessed the incident, and they provided similar accounts.
Price reportedly told an investigator she popped the boy on his head to get his attention, and the argument with the girl started after that when the girl interrupted, saying she wished Price would hit her with the pen. Price said after she threw the pen in the girl’s direction, the girl walked up to her desk and punched her in the face. Price said she grabbed the girl by her hair and wedged her against a science table until students could get help. Price said she did not call security or the main office during the incident, and expressed surprised that a girl would try her like that. Price said she keeps her hair pulled back but did not recall taking off her shirt or shoes. She said she did not think she threw a desk. She said the girl she argued with is a school bully and when she threatened to beat Price, she snapped. Later, Price said she probably did throw a desk but could not remember everything because all she saw was red. Price told the investigator she didn’t know what came over her, and she would never do anything to harm a student and apologized if any student was hurt as a result of the incident.
The girls were treated at Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Campus.
Price’s bond was set at $15,000.