Tomas Valerio’s daughter dreaded going to school because of her kindergarten teacher.
But mom and dad couldn’t figure out why their child kept coming home from school in tears until they hid a recording device in their daughter’s hair to catch the teacher in action.
Valerio told WPTV that his daughter used to love school before attending Pine Grove Elementary School, but he noticed a change once they moved to Spring Hill, Florida.
His little girl seemed to fear her teacher, and told her parents her instructor shouts and screams at students all day. Valerio said:
“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.”
After complaining to school officials the family was told the teacher in question had worked in the district for over 13 years, and she’s known to speak loudly in class and their daughter just needed time to adjust.
But weeks went by and the kindergartener was still terrified of her teacher. Valerio said:
“Weeks and weeks passed and it was the same. Every day was the same, she came home crying. Every morning, she would cry that she had to go to school.”
After researching the law on secret recordings, the girl’s parents clipped a small microphone into the child’s hair and caught the girl’s teacher in a classroom rant, twice.
Valerio said what he heard in the classroom was appalling. He explained:
“Maybe it wasn’t the teacher. Maybe other kids were bullying her. Maybe it was something that nobody knew about.”
The father continued:
“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.”
In a clip captured from a six-hour period, a teacher can be heard screaming at kids on one occasion:
“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.”
In another recording, she can be heard reprimanding a child for getting a math problem wrong:
“Obviously, you don’t understand it.”
Watch the video below:
However, when Valerio shared the audio recording with Pine Grove’s principal, the district said it was against school policy to listen to the clip. The elementary school issued the following statement now that parents are demanding action be taken against the instructor:
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.
Valerio told the outlet:
“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.”
The father said he may pull his daughter out of the elementary school while the teacher is still employed at Pine Grove.