HOUSTON – A middle school student and her mother are outraged by the behavior of a teacher at Mead Middle School who was filmed yelling at a student and intentionally breathing on her.
The video has gone viral since the incident took place on September 17 at the school, according to the district.
“[The teacher] could have acted differently. You know, in a different way, ”said Maria Garza, the student’s mother. Maria said she was shocked and angry at the video she saw of her daughter being disciplined by her teacher.
The video, which was taken by grade 8 students, shows the teacher yelling at a student, removing her mask and intentionally breathing on the student. Student Jacqueline Garza, 14, said the teacher insulted her as well.
“She called me the ‘B’ word,” Jacqueline said.
Jacqueline said the teacher asked students not to use their phones in class.
“We were using our phones and she asked us not to use our phones,” Jacqueline said. “I was like, ‘Okay.’ And she said ‘Okay.’ And we went back and forth and she said, ‘Don’t disrespect me like that.’ “
Soon Jacqueline said the teacher started to act inappropriately.
“That’s when she stood in front of me and said, ‘Don’t disrespect me!’ She was breathing on my face without her mask, spitting on my face, ”Jacqueline said. “It made me feel embarrassed and scared, not just for myself, but for my whole class.”
“I was angry,” Maria said.
Jaqueline said the teacher insulted her then and eventually snatched her phone from her hand.
“She must have slapped my hands on him,” Jacqueline said.
“As a mother, I work hard to provide her with what she needs,” said Maria. “It is totally inappropriate for a teacher or someone to break someone’s business.
Aldine ISD has issued the following statement regarding the incident:
Student safety is a top priority for Aldine ISD. The district is aware of the incident. After being informed of the incident, the teacher was removed from the classroom and an investigation was conducted. The investigation is complete and the district will take appropriate administrative action. The teacher’s conduct is unacceptable and violates district standards of conduct. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. The district reviews all consequences, including termination. The teacher has not returned to class since the incident on September 17.
Maria Garza said the teacher and Aldine ISD should be held accountable, saying the teacher did not handle things properly.
“If my daughter behaved badly, [the teacher] could have called the manager. She could have called the assistant principal, maybe another teacher or campus security, ”Maria said. “To be in his face, I don’t even do that to him.”
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