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Substitute teacher banned for letting student take his car off campus during school

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 07:59:44-04

A Lee County teacher has been banned from working in the Lee County School District after he loaned a student at South Fort Myers High School his car to leave campus during school hours.

The man in question, Markihe Anderson, was listed on the school's website as a social studies teacher, but the district said he is a substitute.

"We trust the people working here and that makes us feel very upset.  And then I feel very unsecure because it's supposed to be they are in a secure place," Maria Moori told Four in Your Corner. Her daughter is a freshman at South Fort Myers High.

Students said Anderson is also a football coach.

In 2015, the Florida Department of Education denied Anderson a teaching certificate because he was arrested for theft and resisting arrest. The case never went to trial and he entered a diversion program, but denied entering the program when applying for a coaching certificate.

Students at South Fort Myers said he was a good teacher.

"Everybody knows him. Everybody knows he's a nice guy," Schiloh Augustin said.

"He would always have a smile on his face, he would always make jokes," Diamond Armstrong said.

But parents like Moori were only thinking of the dangers.  "Car accidents, and they allow the student to go out, and we don't know if they are with good people, what they're doing, if they're exposed to anything," she said.

Anderson is not allowed to teach within the Lee County School District for the next five years. His case and information have also been turned over to the Florida Department of Education.