It all began with a rumor that Jezenia Gambino's 11-year-old daughter was dating a girl. Instead of handling it discreetly, the teacher demanded to know if it was true in front of the entire class.
A mother from Florida decided to homeschool her daughter for the remainder of the year after the girl was embarrassed in front of the entire class by her teacher. It all started with a rumor that Jezenia Gambino's 11-year-old daughter was dating a girl. "The rumor was that my daughter and another 5th-grade little girl were dating," shared Gambino. Soon it reached her teacher who confronted both the students in the presence of all her classmates at Northport K-8 in Port St. Lucie, reports NBC affiliate WPTV.
Instead of handling this matter discreetly, the teacher spoke to the girls in a manner that led them to believe they were in trouble. "She took matters into her own hands," said Gambino. "She asked them if they were together if they were dating as a couple together, and she asked them in a way that they felt that they were in trouble." Apparently, Gambino wasn't aware of this incident until she noticed her daughter become visibly upset after receiving a text message from her friend.
Revealing the content of this message, Gambino said, "She wasn’t sure if they should hang out together anymore because of what happened in school. She didn’t want anyone to think they were gay." The indignant mother reached out to the school's principal, after which the St. Lucie County School District opened an investigation. More than a week later, Gambino received an email updating her about the ongoing inquiry. The school noted that the teacher had been reported to the Florida Department of Education after finding that the teacher did engage "in inappropriate communication" with the students involved.
"School Board will not tolerate sexual harassment or any other form of illegal harassment by any of its employees, students, volunteers or agents," said the District. Despite its claims of having a strict no-tolerance policy towards any form of harassment, the teacher was reportedly disciplined with a verbal warning. Gambino thinks that the district's verdict was not as severe as the damage the educator had caused her daughter. "What they did affected my daughter in a way that now I'm having to go back and fix," said Gambino, noting that the district had not done enough to protect her daughter. Displeased with their decision, Gambino then enrolled her 11-year-old in homeschooling.
Inappropriate doesn’t begin to describe this teacher stepping over the line-Fifth-Grader Leaves School After Mom Says Teacher Asked If She’s Dating Female Friend in Class - People https://t.co/pt9fVbWDYS— betty geller (@bettygeller8) February 13, 2020
This isn't the first time that reports about teachers harassing and humiliating their students have come to light. Previously, an 11-year-old Bristol student was left humiliated after her teacher refused to let her use the washroom despite revealing that she was on her period. Despite asking multiple times to be allowed to use the washroom, the Cotham School student was asked to go back to her place. Ultimately, the incident left her traumatized after she bled through her clothes. When her mother reached out to the school about it, she was assured that such an incident would not happen again, however, it occurred again. All they did was grant her a pass to visit the washroom whenever she wanted—but is there a solution that will prevent teachers from scarring their students with such interactions?