• Osceola County fifth-grade teacher on probation for harassment allegations at previous job

    By: Samantha Manning


    POINCIANA, Fla. - The state has placed an Osceola County teacher on three-year probation for accusations that she harassed teachers while working as a principal at another school. 

    Katrina Sanders is accused of inappropriately touching teachers who worked for her and for making offensive comments to them while she worked as a principal at Reedy Creek Elementary.

    Sanders, now a fifth-grade teacher at Hickory Tree Elementary, will also have to pay a $750 fine to the state department of education. 

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    Records from the Florida Department of Education show Sanders is accused of more than a dozen inappropriate comments or actions. 

    She’s accused of hitting “the buttocks of a female employee” and of touching “a male teacher inappropriately,” records show. 

    The records also say Sanders danced provocatively and sang the song "Let’s get it on" to the husband of another school employee on school property.   

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    The suspension is the result of a human resources investigation into the allegations that began in November 2015. 

    Nicole Parker, a mother of two, reviewed the accusations and was shocked. 

    "Wow. She told an employee that she should not wear sports bras because they make her look flat or words to that effect. That's horrible,” said Parker. 

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    “I wouldn’t want my kids to be in her class,” she said. 

    But Christina Stewart, who teaches special needs pre-K at Reedy Creek Elementary and used to work under Sanders, said the accusations seem ridiculous. 

    "I always felt like she had my back. I always felt like she cared about these kiddos,” said Stewart. 

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