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BOYNTON BEACH (WPTV) — Students returned to class at Franklin Academy in Boynton Beach Monday without their music teacher. Accusations that the teacher threw her shoe at a third grade student stunned parents.

“It was surprising, extremely surprising,” said Kimberly Firth, who has a 12-year-old son in the band.

Parents took to social media, upset that the teacher was placed on leave, and not immediately let go.

Interim Principal Elena Diaz responded to parents with an email saying: “We are well aware of the incident that took place last week involving our music teacher… I want to inform you she is no longer a member of our faculty.”

Firth says school leaders did what they had to do.

“I trust them and that what they did was appropriate, I trust in them to do the right thing,” said Firth.

This isn’t the first time the school had sudden staffing changes. Just last month the principal abruptly left. No one in charge ever explained why.

There have been other bumps in the road for Franklin Academy. The school didn’t open on time last fall because of construction and inspection delays. In October, 35 students got sick forcing the school to temporarily close.

Still Firth says they’re working out the kinks. “Any school will have these issues and because Franklin is a new school everyone is watching a little bit closer.”

The teacher in question declined comment. School leaders wouldn’t give details about what happened in the classroom, but confirmed no students were injured.

It’s unclear what may have led to the alleged shoe-throwing incident.

By Marissa Bagg