Controversy Continues Involving Suspended Arnold Teacher Keith Christie

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Panama City mother Cindy Bacot opened up to NewsChannel 7 Wednesday about Arnold High School teacher Keith Christie.

"I am just really shocked," said Bacot.

Her special needs son Nicholas, 16 years old, used to be one of Christie's students before Bacot pulled him out of the school.

"He would just be quiet and withdrawn and not himself at all," said Bacot.

After seeing NewsChannel 7's story Tuesday, she said it all began to make sense. The Bay District School Board placed Christie on unpaid leave for admitting last month to threating to slap an autistic student and making his special needs class act like pigs.

"It's just so despicable," said Bacot.

The school never notified parents about the allegations, and the only reason anybody found out about the case is because Christie refused to resign, forcing the school board to get involved.

Arnold Principal Keith Bland said he didn't think it was necessary at the time.

"We really don't know the outcome of the situation yet," said Bland.

Bacot disagreed.

"There's clearly something wrong with that," said Bacot.

She and many others said they also wondered how Christie made it into a classroom in the first place given this situation and his arrest record before he became a teacher. Bland said he himself wasn't to blame.

"He's someone that's been on staff prior to my attaining the position," said Bland.

Bacot said she contacted a lawyer and plans to pursue legal action against Christie and Bland.


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  • by Sarah D Location: PCB on May 11, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Dont be an idiot! Special needs kids, given that kind of "choice"? Whats WRONG with you!? Its humliating and confusing and NO part of it belongs in a CLASSROOM of any kind but esp. those with maybe some lack of understanding. And for your information, he admitted to using it as a tool to humiliate, that he considered this class "the bottom of the barrel". Great person, eh?
  • by William Location: PCB on May 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    The accusations towards Mr.Christie is completely wrong. I go to Arnold and have been around him and he is a nice teacher for 1 and 2 he didn't make them act like pigs.he gave the students a choice to do it as a game to study for tests and they were all laughing about it.I know he isn't the kind of guy to slap an autistic child. What person in their right mind would do that? I would gladly defend him in any case he is put against.he is funny and makes learning fun and gives them choices to do things if the student decides to do it as a study tool and they have fun with it i don't think it should bother many people.But it IS a CHOICE,They had the option to say no...
  • by James Location: PCBeach on May 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
    Why weren't the parents notified that this was going on? You handle in house spitball throwing not this. The parents had every right to know and should have been given the option of removing their children from this class. Principal Bland and others are just as guilty in covering this up as the parents would have never been notified had he resigned. Shamefull behavior all the way around! Parents should have been notified!
  • by FYI on May 10, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    Her last name is spelled "Bacot," and it wasn't Christie that said he was shocked, but Bacot. Just an FYI :-)
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