A former Rufus E. Payne Elementary School first-grade teacher was given a six-month suspension from teaching in the state of Florida following abuse allegations and placed on one-year probation.

The State of Florida Education Practices Commission and Michael Paul Slowik reached a settlement agreement on May 9.

According to the discipline agreement file, Slowik had multiple allegations against him over two school years.

During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, the Duval teacher allegedly used force and explicit language with a first-grade male student as well as female and male kindergarten students.

In one instance, he allegedly grabbed a kindergarten student by the arm and tossed the child’s backpack to the ground, according to the file.

Another time, Slowik allegedly told a first-grade student words to the effect of “you just don’t listen. Your daddy needs to beat your ass every day” and pushed the student into a chair.

At the time Slowik was accused, he was suspended for 10 days without pay and a letter of reprimand was placed within his personnel file.

During the disciplinary meeting, Slowik pleaded no contest and signed an agreement deeming his Florida teaching certificate suspended for six months.

In addition, he agreed to a one-year probation. Other pieces of the agreement between the state and Slowik entail the educator needing to take a college level course on classroom management and pass with a grade of a B or higher. He will also have to pay a fine of $750 in addition to a $150 fee for probation monitoring.

This isn’t Slowik’s first time getting into trouble at school.

According to his personnel file, the teacher was verbally reprimanded in February 2017 for yelling at a principal, parents and students.

Years before that, Slowik received a written reprimand for pulling on a student’s ponytail.

Emily Bloch: (904) 359-4083