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Hillsborough superintendent recommends dismissals, demotions in ESE case



TAMPA — Everyone has a different perspective on the death of student Jennifer Caballero.

It's well known that Jennifer had Down syndrome, that she was in a crowded gym class on Oct. 22, that she wandered off and drowned in a pond behind Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.

But even as the Hillsborough County School District prepares to fire two employees and demote two administrators in connection with her death, there are various accounts of the incident in an investigative report issued Wednesday.

A physical education coach said he told the exceptional-student education aides to pay more attention to the kids, including Jennifer. The aides said they don't remember being warned.

The coach said Jennifer was prone to running and hiding. The principal and assistant principal said they never knew that.

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[Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:08pm]


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