On September 25, 2015, I was made aware of a very disturbing situation regarding my (then) 12 year old son. I was informed that one of his teachers physically assaulted him at school. He and a classmate were laughing during class about something. She called him to the front of the room, told him to face the wall, told him to bend over, and then proceeded to kick him in his rear end in front of the entire classroom. FOR LAUGHING WITH A CLASSMATE. NO WARNING TO STOP. NO SENDING HIM OUT OF THE CLASS. NO SEPARATING THE KIDS. JUST CALLED MY KID UP TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASS, HUMILIATED HIM, PHYSICALLY AND BORDERLINE SEXUALLY HARASSED HIM, AND TOLD HIM TO GO SIT BACK DOWN AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED.
I went to the school to point out the school’s handbook policy violations only to find out the same teacher had been “talked to” a short week before for slapping another boy in the back of the head!
The teacher was not removed from the classroom. Keep in mind the school handbook also states that this behavior for a student or teacher will result in “IMMEDIATE ACTION.”
I called the police department to press charges and was told I would have to wait until an investigation occurs to “see” if charges should be pressed.
THIS GROWN WOMAN ASSAULTED MY CHILD AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER CHILD.
I was told that she was going to give her statement with her union representative. I informed the staff at school that if she gets to have a union representative then they BETTER NOT QUESTION MY CHILD WITHOUT HIS UNION REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT– ME! They did call me and had me on the phone while the police officer and principal asked him about the horrific incident he endured at the hands of a “professional.”
We put our trust in this profession to keep our children safe and provide an education.
There was simply no way that my son could remain in that class. How am I supposed to communicate or have conferences with a monster who assaulted my child? They agreed to change his schedule until they make a decision.
THIS IS NOT OKAY. NOT FOR MY CHILD OR ANY OTHER CHILD IN ANY SCHOOL OR DISTRICT!
A year later, I get the results of the investigation. No charges for the teacher. No wrongdoing found by the Minnesota Department of Education because even after several witnesses said it happened, the teacher said she did not mean any harm, therefore, according to the system, did no wrong.
I was not surprised, but it was a punch in the gut.
All I want to do is protect my kids, be a great mom, make the best decisions for them, keep them safe, and love them. That is what any parent wants for their children.