A TEACHER IN Texas has been fired after ordering more than 20 young children to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully
The teacher at a suburban school is accused of orchestrating the slugfest after a younger teaching colleague went to her last month seeking suggestions on how to discipline the six-year-old, according to a police report from the Judson Independent School District.
Both teachers at Salinas Elementary were placed on paid administrative leave.
The police report alleges the teacher chose to show the child “why bullying is bad” by instructing his peers to “Hit him!” and “Hit him harder!” It also states that the second teacher intervened only after one of the children hit the boy hard on his upper back.
“Twenty-four of those kids hit him and he said that most of them hit him twice,” Amy Neely, the mother of six-year-old Aiden, told KENS-TV. She did not specify what injuries her son may have received.
Neely said her son is not a problem child and that this was the first she’d heard of teachers having issues with him. She said she wants to make sure the teacher who ordered the hitting does not work in a classroom again.
“She doesn’t need to be around any children,” Neely told the television station.
The mother added — and the police report confirmed — that some of Aiden’s classroom friends told him they didn’t want to hit the boy but did so because they were afraid not to.
“We can’t have teachers acting like a loose cannon,” district spokesman Steve Linscomb said. “Doing something that’s this far off the charts, doing what they feel like is teaching (students) a lesson; we’re not going to tolerate that.”