Broom-wielding Detroit teacher to settle for $390K
The board of the Detroit school district that fired a teacher after she used a broom to break up a fight between students has agreed to settle the woman’s lawsuit for $390,000.
Tiffani Eaton-Davis sued the Education Achievement Authority in federal court a year ago, alleging that the district violated her civil rights and failed to warn her about the “violent conditions” at Pershing High School, where she taught.
A cell phone video of the April 30, 2014, fight between two boys in Eaton-Davis’ classroom quickly went viral. It showed the students throwing punches and falling into desks and onto the floor before Eaton-Davis struck one with a broom.
Eaton-Davis said she tried to call security on a walkie-talkie when the fight broke out, but got no response. She said she used the broom as a last resort.
Eaton-Davis was fired. The district later said she could come back to work at any EAA school, but she declined.