Middle school dean allegedly gives students middle finger in video

Mar 9 2011 - 3:56pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A dean at Freedom Middle School in Orlando is under investigation by Orange County school district officials after a video was posted on YouTube that appears to show him giving students the middle finger.

Jason Gines, a dean in his first year at the school, is the administrator shown in a YouTube video making the gesture as he passed students on the way to the car loop after school, said schools spokeswoman Kathy Marsh. Gines' responsibilities include student discipline.

The video was taken March 1. On the 15-second clip, posted last week but since removed, students shriek in laughter after the administrator, wearing sunglasses, raises his middle finger at them as he passes. He then turns back and points at the group.

One laughing student shouts "Mr. Gines!" Then a male voice says, "I got it on camera!"

The video was shot on a phone, which students are allowed to use after school, Marsh said. Gines is the subject of an employee-relations investigation as a result of the video. He has not been suspended.

"It is not something we would want any administrator or teacher to do," Marsh said.

Before working at Freedom, Gines was a social studies teacher for three years at Meadow Woods Middle School in Orlando. He also has been a central office administrator assigned to the Multilingual Student Education Services Department, which assigned him to Cypress Creek High School in Orlando.

According to his profile on the Freedom Middle School website, Gines served as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Justice before entering education and has lived in New York and Detroit.

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