Pasco substitute teacher charged with child abuse

Evonne Francis

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A substitute Pasco County middle school teacher is charged with child abuse.

Evonne Francis, 59, was teaching in a 5th period class at Paul R Smith Middle School. “The defendant verbally scolded the victim because the victim was explaining that a student she was trying to remove from her class was innocent,” a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

The victim told officials Francis “confronted him” and called him a “rude little boy.” The suspect allegedly told the victim to “shut his mouth and get out of the classroom.”

Francis then hit the child twice in the back using a yard stick, deputies said. Two other students saw the incident and detectives saw marks, according to the sheriff’s office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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