After a 5-year-old became uncomfortable attending his elementary school in Miami-Dade County, his mom suspected that something suspicious was going on in his classroom.
Kandy Escotto said her son, Aaron Escotto, started behaving “super weird” when he came home from his school, Banyan Elementary, according to Local10 News. She explained the situation:
“He didn’t want to go to school. He would cry when it was time waking up that he knew that he needed to go to school.”
One day, Escotto was helping her son with homework when he mentioned to her that he was a “bad boy.” When she asked him why he said that, he stated:
“That’s what my teacher tells me when I do my work.”
Escotto planted a recording device into Aaron’s backpack so that she could hear what was going on in the classroom. She discovered that the teacher, Rosalba Suarez, bullied him in front of the entire class.
In the recording, Suarez also made a comment about Aaron’s mom. She stated:
“I feel sorry for your mom, I really do. She is a little lost.”
Escotto said she went to the principal on at least five occasions to voice her concerns about the teacher. She told Local10 News:
“I went at least five times to the office. I spoke at least twice to the assistant principal. I spoke to the principal, and they didn’t do anything about it … They recommended I remove him from the class, which was not the solution.”
Escotto hired a lawyer, Attorney Sonia Roca, who, according to the Miami Herald, held a press conference for Escotto’s story to be told. She stated:
“She did what I feel any mom would do when they’re faced with no other choices.”
Escotto said that she hasn’t decided if she wants to take legal action against the school, however, she wants the teacher to receive discipline, according to Miami Herald.
Aaron has since been moved to another class where his performance and behavior has improved.