Laredo, TX – The mother of a 6-year-old child says a teacher instructed an entire classroom of kindergartners to line up and slap her son because of his alleged bullying. Now two Salinas Elementary School teachers have been placed on leave, and the mother of the boy wants criminal charges filed.
The incident happened in May, but the boy never told his mother about it. It only came to light after one of the teachers present alerted school officials two weeks after it happened, and after a police report of the incident reached the county district attorney.
There’s two versions of what happened, neither of which are acceptable, but the mother’s version is a bit more extreme while the teacher’s version is a bit more believable.
According to the mother, her son admits he had been acting up in line. His teacher, described as “relatively young,” asked another teacher what she should do to curtail his bullying. The other teacher took the boy into her classroom and had him sit down before instructing 24 other kindergartners to file past him and give him a nice slap.
“He was hit on the head, in the face, on the back. And all the kids hit him twice,” said Amy Neely, the boy’s mother. “He had friends in that class, and friends didn’t want to hit him, but the teacher instructed them to hit him.”
She did not find out about this until the younger teacher informed the principal who, in turn, notified her. The police report is a bit different, but not any better.
The boy’s teacher says he had been deemed a bully by his classmates and asked a colleague for advice after he got into line trouble. The second teacher took the boy into her kindergarten class and told her students to hit him in order to “teach him why bullying is bad.” The report states the teacher instructed the students to “Hit him!” and “Hit him harder!”
According the report, “it was not until the sixth or seventh child hit high up on the back and harder than the others had hit,” that the first teacher finally put a stop to it. The students who participated said that they didn’t want to hit the boy, but they were afraid not to.
Both teachers were placed on leave. The one who asked for advice, watched the boy being hit and waited to report the incident, was “reprimanded and re-educated” and will return to her campus in the Fall. The teacher whose bright idea it was to form a slapping congo line “will not be asked to come back to the district in any capacity,” said Judson spokesman Steve Linscomb.
The boy’s mother doesn’t feel this is enough and worries that the teacher will simply find another teaching job elsewhere. She wants criminal charges filed. “I don’t want this teacher to be teaching anymore,” she said. “She doesn’t need to be around any children.”
The police report has been submitted to the Bexar County District Attorney’s office, but so far no charges have been filed.
Before any of you go off half-cocked, spouting out that maybe had the mother done something about her child’s bullying then none of this would have been an issue, she states at no time has the school ever contacted her regarding her child’s behavior.Tags: Assault, bully, Crime, Salinas Elementary, school, slap, teacher, Texas