Broward teacher fired, accused of giving improper hugs
A Broward teacher fighting a 10-day suspension for allegations that he gave unwanted hugs got an unexpected judgment from the School Board this week — he was fired.
The action, taken Tuesday, is the latest in a series of unusual developments in the disciplinary case of Karleef Kebreau, a math teacher at Miramar High who was originally recommended for just a one-day suspension. His lawyer said he will appeal the decision.
A half-dozen girls say Kebreau made inappropriate comments and gave “full frontal” hugs that could last up to 30 seconds. One girl said he asked if she wanted him as her boyfriend. Others said he referred to them as “my African queen” or “my Haitian queen.”
School Board members approved a 10-day suspension for Kebreau in 2019, leading Kebreau to appeal. A judge sided with the district, but the case came back to the School Board for a final decision. School Board members said Tuesday they’d listened to audio testimony of multiple girls who described being sexually harassed and now felt Kebreau should be fired.
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