Tomas Valerio's daughter would return home crying most days and despite the proof, the school did not fire the teacher.
Teachers play a huge role in a child's life as they spend a considerable amount of time at school from a very young age. After much deliberation, parents choose the best possible school for their kids and in doing so, they place an immense amount of trust in the educators. But a Hernando County kindergarten teacher shattered this confidence after allegedly bullying her students. Tomas Valerio accused his daughter's kindergarten teacher of bullying after she came home crying every day. Valerio said that his girl who otherwise loved school began detesting the place after the family moved to Spring Hill, Florida.
"After the first day, my daughter came home crying. We got her to tell us that the teacher was mean and she was very loud," said Valerio according to ABC Action News. Following this, the concerned father visited the principal of Pine Grove Elementary along with his wife to discuss the matter. They were told that the teacher in question was naturally loud and that their daughter just needed some more time to adjust. But to the parent's disappointment, "Weeks and weeks passed and it was the same." He added, "Every day was the same, she came home crying. Every morning, she would cry that she had to go to school."
Despite alerting the school officials, the parents were disappointed to see their daughter suffer every day. Thus, they took matters into their own hand and find out the reason behind their daughter being upset every day. After confirming with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office that it was perfectly legal to record conversations in the classroom, Valerio's wife hid a tiny recording device in their daughter's hair. Initially, they thought their daughter was being bullied by other kids but were left shocked after uncovering the truth. "Maybe it wasn’t the teacher. Maybe other kids were bullying her. Maybe it was something that nobody knew about," said Valerio.
The six-hour audio recording shocked the parents to their very core as the teacher, who had been with the district for 13 years, could be heard yelling at her students. "Stop talking, for once in your lives stop talking!" she was heard screaming on the recording device. Later on, she also yelled at a child for placing an open drink in his backpack. "Why would you put an open drink in your backpack? It’s common sense. What’s going to happen to a drink that is open and goes into your backpack? It's going to spill all over," she said while scolding a student.
The father took the recordings to the principal who would not listen to them.— Abrome (@AbromeEd) April 14, 2019
The teacher has not been fired.https://t.co/2HJfwZ2Ub6
In yet another clip, she was heard belittling a child for giving the wrong answer for a math problem. "Obviously, you don’t understand it," she said according to Metro. While Valerio shared that he appreciates some teachers using a louder voice to maintain order in the classroom, the behavior and tone of this particular staffer seemed to be that of a bully according to the outraged father. "The entire time that she’s in class the teacher is yelling and screaming at these children. And it's not just that she’s loud. She’s belittling them, she’s a bully to them, and we just found it disgusting," he said.
Now, the concerned father is afraid that the teacher might have destroyed his daughter's enthusiasm for school as she dreads attending classes every day, something that she previously loved doing. After obtaining the proof, Valerio said he took it to the school's principal who refused to listen to the "secretly-obtained recordings of staff members." Eventually, a spokesman for the school district said, "We are aware of the concerns expressed by parents from Pine Grove Elementary. The school administration concluded their investigation and the teacher was disciplined in accordance with our School Board policy and procedures. The principal has been in contact with the parents multiple times and has offered several solutions including to change the child's teacher."
However, Valerio expressed that he doesn't want his child to attend the school as long as the teacher is still present there. "You just don’t treat children like that, if this is the way you feel and how you have to act, this is not the job for you," he said.