Broward School Board fires teacher accused of beating students

Alphonso Joseph taught at Arthur Ashe Middle School in Fort Lauderdale

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Broward County Schools teacher, who was accused of beating students, was fired on Tuesday.

The School Board voted to terminate Arthur Ashe Middle School teacher Alphonso Joseph.

The board followed the recommendation of Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie to fire Joseph.

According to the administrative complaint, Joseph committed battery on two students in Feb. 2012.

The complaint reported that two substitute teachers witnessed the incident.

They said "Joseph called the students ‘dumb mother f-----s' and he physically pushed some female students out the classroom and that he grabbed a male student by the neck and began to choke him."

Joseph was suspended without pay pending the final decision for termination, which happened on Tuesday.

He did not attend the Board meeting on Tuesday.

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