MILWAUKEE COUNTY — 39-year-old Jasmine Pennix — the former Bay View High School teacher’s aide charged with child abuse following an altercation with a student that was caught on camera is expected to plead guilty next month.
Pennix faces one count of child abuse — intentionally causing harm.
Pennix was in court on Monday, June 13th, and this case was adjourned for a projected guilty plea.
A plea/sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 6th.
Video of the incident, which happened on April 20th, went viral.
The video shows the former teacher’s aide shoving a 14-year-old student to the ground.
“I think we’ll be able to show it was more than just words. And I think if we get into the prior acts of this person who is referred to as the victim in this case, if we get into prior acts what he’s been up to, this case is going to take on a whole different story,” said Kohn.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Pennix in this case, several boys in a biology class at Bay View H.S. were “ripping on each other.” The complaint indicates the boy who was pushed by Pennix “got into an argument with (Pennix).” Pennix then “became upset and pulled the back of the chair that (the teen) was sitting on, causing (the teen) to fall to the floor.”
The complaint indicates the teen was put in a headlock and a witness heard the teen “tell the defendant to ‘get off me.'” The two separated — and a witness heard the teen state “‘come do something’ and then observed the defendant shove (the teen) into a chair and then observed the defendant push (the teen) to the ground with his hands around (the teen’s) neck.”
Pennix was soon terminated from Bay View High School.