Gulfport Police Department
Media Release

   Chief of PolicePublic Information Officer
  Robert A. Vincent      Sgt. Robert L. Burkhart

Boca Ciega High School Teacher Arrested on a Charge of Child Abuse on a Student

Gulfport, FL - Gulfport Police Department arrested John Robert Able on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 on a charge of child abuse. The incident he is charged for occurred Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Boca Ciega High School. According to the Gulfport Police Department investigation, Able struck a student after a verbal altercation during a school lockdown.

According to Pinellas County Schools, Able has been reassigned to a worksite with no student contact while on paid administrative leave.