(The Blaze/AP) — A Texas teacher will lose her job after ordering more than 20 kindergartners to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully, a district spokesman said Friday.
The teacher at a suburban San Antonio school is accused of orchestrating the slugfest after a younger teaching colleague went to her last month seeking suggestions on how to discipline the 6-year-old, according to a police report from the Judson Independent School District.
Both teachers at Salinas Elementary have been placed on paid administrative leave, but the one who allegedly arranged the punishment will not work for the district next school year, district spokesman Steve Linscomb assured. Prosecutors are reviewing the allegations and will determine whether formal charges will be filed in 30 to 60 days.
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 only intervened after one of the children hit the boy hard on his upper back, and she waited roughly two weeks to report it.
"Twenty-four of those kids hit him and he said that most of them hit him twice," Amy Neely, the mother of 6-year-old Aiden, told KENS-TV.
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.
Watch the interview, via KENS5 below:
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.
Neely further remarked that she only learned about what happened to her son after the intervening teacher reported the incident two weeks later-- her son kept the matter to himself. Neely filed an official oppression complaint against the teachers with the district police department earlier this week.
A message left by The Associated Press with Neely was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.
District officials have not released the names of either teacher, though they launched an official investigation May 18. However, it was released that the teacher who asked for help disciplining the boy, but then waited to report the incident, was reprimanded.
Spokesman Linscomb explained: "This teacher is a relatively young teacher, and she just needs to be re-educated [and] reminded what needs to happen in the classroom, in order for it to be a safe learning environment."