An English immersion teacher said she plans to sue the Scottsdale Unified School District to force a resolution to an investigation begun in April.
"I want the district to either clear my name, bring charges or come up with a settlement," said Ingleside Middle School teacher Kim Youngblood, 52. "This has dragged on."
While the the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office decided in July not to charge Youngblood of allegations of aggravated assault, the music teacher turned English immersion instructor said she has remained under investigation in the district with no end in sight.
Youngblood sent a letter dated Nov. 24 to Superintendent Barbara Erwin and the district, advising of her intent to file a claim against the school district for "malicious prosecution, malicious conspiracy with the intent to cause discharge from employment or resignation, and defamation of character."
Youngblood has been on leave from the school since April 26, after allegations were reported to the Scottsdale police that she slapped, hit and yelled at students in her classes. Youngblood declined to take a position away from children the district offered her because she said she considered that an admission of guilt. As a result, she stopped receiving paychecks.
Bill FitzGerald, spokesman for the county attorney, said the county dropped the case against Youngblood in July, after determining she did not intend to hurt the students.
Police reports indicate students reported, through a school district translator, that their arms or shoulders were made sore by Youngblood’s actions.
Youngblood said she never yelled at or hit students, but did at times tap on their hands or shoulders to capture