5th Grader Suspended After Recording Teacher Bullying Another Student

A 5th-grader at Fort Pierce Elementary, Brianna Cooper, was suspended for five days after recording a teacher threatening a student. The teacher said, “Don’t let the size fool you. I will drop you,” and “Biggest kid in the fifth grade and you acting like the smallest one.” After Cooper handed over the recording, the teacher was fired, but Cooper was suspended for making an “illegal” recording. Florida law requires consent from all parties for recordings unless there’s no expectation of privacy. Cooper’s mother argued the comments were made in a classroom. She asked the school to overturn the suspension and remove it from Cooper’s record.