The mother of a 6-year-old boy said her son was repeatedly hit by his entire classroom after the teacher allegely ordered more the 20 students to line up and take turns smacking the boy. Now, the instructor is expected to lose her job.
The Salinas Elementary School teacher had been approached by her colleague last month and asked her the proper way to handle one of her students, Aiden Nelly, 6, who she said was a bully in her classroom, according to a Judson ISD Police Department, reported My San Antonio.
The second teacher then took Aiden into her classroom and told her students to hit him over and over again to teach him why bullying is bad, instructing them to Hit him! and Hit him harder, the report state, according to My San Antonio.
One by one, the 24 students hit Aiden on the head, in the face, on the back. And all the kids hit him twice, said Amy Neely, the boy's mother, according to ABC. He had friends in that class, and friends didn't want to hit him, but the teacher instructed them to hit him.
The incident occurred in May, but teacher told Aiden not to tell him his parents. Details about the cruel punishment only emerged once the principal found out. The instructor who asked for help witnessed the incident and intervened, but did issue a report for two weeks.
My stomach was in knots, said Neely. It was horrible.
Neely said that her son was not a problem in the classroom and this was the first time she heard of an instructor having an issue with Aiden.
Neely also said that some of Aiden's classroom friends did not want to hit him, but were forced to because they were afraid.
He had friends in that class and some of his friends didn't want to hit him but the other teacher told them to, said Neely, reported My San Antonio.
District officials have not identified either teacher, but said they are taking action to make sure this does not ever happen again.
We are doing everything we can to make sure that these kinds of incidents don't happen again, said district spokesman Steve Linscomb, according to ABC.
The Judson Independent School District fired the accused teacher. The other teacher, who failed to report the incident, was placed on administrative leave, reported the Associated Press. Both teachers are also being charged by the prosecutors with a misdemeanor.
We can't have teachers acting like a loose cannon, Linscomb said of the teacher who orchestrated the hitting incident. 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.