October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and a mother says a teacher at Paul Knox Middle School missed the memo.
She tells WJBF News Channel 6, "the chorus teacher said in front of the entire dance team that she believed my son batted for the other team and his mother thought so, too."
The mother opted not to show her face for fear of retaliation against her son. She tells us, the incident happened around the first of the month. Outraged, she says she reached out to the principal of Paul Knox.
"He pulled me aside Monday, while I was volunteering at the school, and told me that there's no question the teacher said it, but that there was a gray area and he needed to follow the guidelines from the higher ups," she explains.
Frustrated, the concerned mom reached out to WJBF News Channel 6 for help. After some calling around and digging, I took a trip to the Aiken County Board of Education. Here's what I learned.
Randall Stowe, Director of Administrative Services for Aiken County explains, "the incident was reported, the incident was addressed at the school level, it was addressed on the district level and it has been dealt with. It was dealt with several days ago."
This mom says, if that's the case, why aren't teachers who bully handled the same way as a student who's caught bullying -- with a suspension or expulsion. It is a question Mr. Stowe says comes down to the facts.
When asked is this a fireable offense, Stowe responds, "depends on exactly what the situation was and what the facts of the situation was."
Stowe says the Aiken County Board of Education will not talk about the investigation because it is a personnel manner. He assures me the incident was reported, investigated, and taken care of...but this mother says that's not enough and has hired an attorney.
She adds, "I was hoping it would never come to this. A teacher broke a rule. It is uncontested that she said it."
The mother says a police report has been filed against the teacher and a potential civil suit is underway.
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