Court awards $388,000 to Jackson teacher

A jury has sided with a Jackson teacher who claims the school district retaliated against her after she reported a classroom assault to police.

Pennie Davis was awarded $388,000 from Jackson Public Schools.

In the fall of 2015, the art teacher made a police report after she says a student hit her during class at Jackson High School.

Davis claims the district violated a whistleblower law when it transferred her to another school and gave her a poor teacher rating for reporting the incident to police, instead of letting administrators handle it.

The district now has 30 days to appeal.