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East Tennessee teacher loses job after taking student to ER

April 2nd, 2014 8:10 am by Dan Henry, Times Free Press

East Tennessee teacher loses job after taking student to ER

Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA — Red Bank High School has been inundated with criticism since news hit that a teacher was forced to resign for taking a student to see a doctor.

The twitterverse exploded: "What is wrong with this world?" "No good deed goes unpunished!!!"

But school officials, along with personnel records, tell another story about how former Red Bank High teacher Jennifer Mitts left the school system.

Mitts was warned before about taking students to the doctor, but she said she thought last month's situation was different. She said she took a 20-year-old student who did not have transportation or insurance to the doctor and paid for her care and prescriptions.

"She's a legal adult. And she asked to go," Mitts said. "I thought this situation was different. They said no, it's not."

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