Harns Marsh Elementary ESE teacher accused of hitting students

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Adrean Johnson, 39. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

An ESE teacher at Harns Marsh Elementary School was arrested Wednesday after deputies say she hit students with a ruler and slapped them across the face.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the school resource officer at Harns Marsh Elementary in Lehigh Acres received information regarding 39-year-old Adrean Johnson striking students. LCSO detectives began an investigation.

Representatives from the School District of Lee County removed Johnson from the classroom while the detectives conducted interviews and collected evidence.

They learned Johnson would slap victims across the face with her hand and strike them on the legs, back and buttocks with a ruler.

Johnson was placed under arrest. She faces a charge of felony child abuse. LCSO says the investigation is still active and additional charges are possible.

“We do not tolerate this kind of alleged behavior and have released the teacher involved from her probationary contract,” said SDLC Spokesman Rob Spicker.

The parents of Harns Marsh Elementary students received the following message:

“Good afternoon, families.

You are receiving this important message in compliance with Florida Statute 1012.797, Parental Notification of Arrest of Employees. I must inform you that Adrean Johnson, Teacher at Harns Marsh Elementary School was arrested off campus on 03/29/2023 for the following: child abuse.

Please know that The School District of Lee County and law enforcement will handle this matter most appropriately.

Thank you.”

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