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FORT WORTH, Texas – A middle school teacher lost his job after he showed a pocket knife to a student and threatened to castrate him, according to Fort Worth ISD documents.

Eugene R. Jennings, a 20-year veteran of the district, said he was joking when he showed the blade to the student, said the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The school board fired Jennings in November for acting inappropriately and bringing a weapon on campus. No criminal charges were filed in the case.

Jennings said the student was misbehaving and he showed the tip of the knife blade to the student and told him it was a castrating blade.

He said he told the student he was “only teasing.”

Jennings was a coach and social studies teacher at Wedgwood Middle School. He is appealing his case to the Texas Education Agency.

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