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Teacher accused of forcing student to clean urinal with hands

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Jennifer Forshey accused of forcing a student to clean a clogged urinal with his bare hands. Jennifer Forshey accused of forcing a student to clean a clogged urinal with his bare hands.
Jennifer Forshey, Feb. 19, mugshot Jennifer Forshey, Feb. 19, mugshot
Forshey bonding out of jail at 1 a.m. Thursday Forshey bonding out of jail at 1 a.m. Thursday
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a Coral Springs teacher after she allegedly forced a student to clean up a clogged urinal with his bare hands.

Broward Community Charter School West teacher 58-year-old Jennifer Forshey was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of forcing a 10-year-old student to clean up a urine-filled, clogged urinal with his bare hands.

Forshey bonded out of the Broward County Jail later that night and faces a charge of battery of a child by exposure to urine. When confronted by media, she said, "I did not do anything illegal."

Police said she made the boy clean the urinal as a form of punishment for originally clogging it. According to the police report, "The paper and urinal were wet enough to seep though the paper towel he was holding. The victims hands were saturated in what smelled like urine from the urinal and the paper towel that was in the urinal."

The 10-year-old boy, who did not show his face on camera, said he felt embarrassed. "It is very embarrassing to have that going around the school, and people just bothering me about the simple thing that shouldn't have been done," the boy said.

The police report stated Forshey never provided the student with any safety equipment, and the boy's hands were "saturated in what smelled like urine, from the urinal and the paper towel that was in the urinal." The report also states, "the bathroom had no soap in it."

The boy's mother, Jenay Roberts, said she feels outraged because she said there was no soap in the bathroom. "To let that go on with a child is irresponsible, and I just feel it's not acceptable," said Roberts.

The school became aware of the incident when the student went to the school's office asking for soap because his hands smelled of urine.

Concerned parent Myrna Torres said, "You leave your children with their teacher, it's like a second mom, you don't expect that to happen to a child."

The family has hired attorney Joshua Hertz, who said the boy never clogged the urinal. "I found this act despicable, disgusting and unbelievable that a teacher would instruct a 10-year-old boy to use his bare hands to clean out a urinal," said Hertz.

Roberts said, "I just think it's something no kid should go through, and I wouldn't want him to ever go through anything like that again."

She hopes Forshey is sorry for what she did to her son. "I just hope that she is sorry for what she has done," she said.

According to the school's website, it is the teacher's second year at the school. However, the school refused to comment on the issue that happened in early February.

Forshey faces a felony battery charge. She did not say much after bonding out of jail. "I'd rather not talk about it now," she said.

The school has not commented on the situation but is expected to comment later on Thursday.


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