Teacher Orchestrates Beating of Bully
There is no question that bullying has become an epidemic in America. With all the press coverage the nationwide “anti-bullying” campaign is receiving, the support from parents and teachers play the biggest role in aiding to end this social injustice once and for all. However, not all adults are setting the best example. In May, a teacher at Salinas Elementary School near San Antonio, Texas, accused a six-year-old student of being a bully. Instead of taking steps to deal with the problem effectively, (send him to the principal, call his mother, etc.) the teacher decided to take matters into her own hands.
According to ABC News, the teacher had 24 other students line up and slap the young boy one by one. Amy Neely, the boy’s mother, told ABC that her son, Aiden, was “hit on the head, in the face, [and] on the back. And all the kids hit him twice.” There were a few students who objected to hitting Aiden, but the teacher was adamant, and they were forced to slap the boy. Even more surprising; Neely was not informed of the incident until several weeks later, when the principal of Aiden’s school called her. “The teacher told [Aiden] not to tell us,” recalls Neely.
The Associated Press states that the teacher whom orchestrated the “slugfest” was not, in fact, Aiden’s teacher, but an older instructor from whom Aiden’s teacher had asked for disciplinary advice. According to the Judson Independent School District and the school’s chief of police, both teachers were charged with misdemeanors, and the teacher accused of hatching the plan was fired.
Neely is outraged that the instructor did not receive a harsher punishment. “I just want to make sure that she isn’t able to teach again,” she says. “She doesn’t need to be around any children.” Amy Neely just wants justice for her son.
Have your children experienced bullying in school? How does this article make you feel?