Texas Teacher Ordered Kids To Hit 'Bully,' School Says

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Amy Neely teacher son bully beat up

SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas teacher will lose her job after ordering more than 20 kindergartners to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully, a district spokesman said Friday.

The teacher at a suburban San Antonio school is accused of orchestrating the slugfest after a younger teaching colleague went to her last month seeking suggestions on how to discipline the 6-year-old, according to a police report from the Judson Independent School District.

Both teachers at Salinas Elementary were placed on paid administrative leave, though the one who allegedly arranged the punishment will not work for the district next school year, said district spokesman Steve Linscomb. Prosecutors are reviewing the allegations and will determine whether formal charges will be filed in 30 to 60 days.

The police report alleges that the teacher chose to show the child "why bullying is bad" by instructing his peers to "Hit him!" and "Hit him harder!" It also states that the second teacher intervened only after one of the children hit the boy hard on his upper back.

"Twenty-four of those kids hit him and he said that most of them hit him twice," Amy Neely, the mother of 6-year-old Aiden, told KENS-TV. She did not specify what injuries her son may have received.

Neely (pictured above) said her son is not a problem child and that this was the first she'd heard of teachers having issues with him. She said she wants to make sure the teacher who ordered the hitting does not work in a classroom again.

"She doesn't need to be around any children," Neely told the television station.

The mother added -- and the police report confirmed -- that some of Aiden's classroom friends told him that they didn't want to hit the boy but did so because they were afraid not to.

She said she learned about what happened to her son after a teacher who witnessed the incident and intervened went on to report it two weeks later. Linscomb said Neely filed an official oppression complaint against the teachers with the district police department earlier this week.

A message left by The Associated Press with Neely was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Linscomb said other students had perceived the boy as being a bully. That's when the teacher went with her students to a nearby classroom and sought disciplinary advice from her colleague, he said.

The district placed both teachers on paid administrative leave and launched an investigation on May 18. District officials have not released the names of either teacher. The one who asked for help disciplining the boy -- and then waited to report the incident after witnessing it -- was reprimanded.

"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."





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stephan

I used to be 15 when I started to get bullied by some kids. After aome month of waiting i got o mad I started to fight them 'till the point of them being afraid of me. Basically, fighting back is not the right answer if you dont know how to fight. And if you know how to fight, then there are some incidents that might happen in the future, like them ganking up against you. I resorted to all of the ways no one should resort like call like15 friends with steel bars to beat them up, but you know.. even if there was no more bullying around my school anymore because of the fear, I might also sound hypocrit but the truth is kids do never look for the best option. And I did fight back because I was also a non brainer 15 year old kid who just wanted some peace and stop people from throwing stuff to me, badmouthing, etc.. Plus i was 1st dan on taekwondo at that age and practicing muay thai, so... Now if somehow you know about a kid bullying another, the worst case scenario would be for some bully to cone across someone like me with far less temeperament like my friends. In reality you can be expelled and change schools for destroying a bully and just keep your life normally becoming an engineer if you focus your studies -.-
For me, I just made them so afraid of me they changed schools and i had a quiet life from that day on, with no violence, and just a quiet nerdy life. Remember, this is just a rare case, do not even dream of doing the same but this cases exist.

September 06 2013 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shaira Leah Gomez

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December 02 2012 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh Deloit

I partially understand the logic of the teacher, and what she was trying to get across. But these kids are in kindergarten and that should not have happened. If any of you guys know of bullying problems around you, visit BULLYFIGHT.COM to learn about alternative ways bullies can release their anger/emotions. Please share if you care about getting rid of bullying issues.

August 08 2012 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ellengraye

I'd also like to use a baseball bat and stand in line to hit the bully so he'd never do it again.The parent is typically oblivious to what their so-called little angel is doing and there are no consequences for the brat. I was constantly bullied by someone who continues to bully as an adult. If only he had gotten a taste of his own medicine as a boy, he might hesitate due tio possible blowback. Read the book "We need to talk about Kevin" to see what happens when people blind themselves about bullies.

June 24 2012 at 5:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smaialy.davis

So I like how everybody's saying "the teacher did the right thing" just because they used the label "bully" on the poor kid, when all he did was skip the queue if you look in further detail. Not only that, but what she did is absolutely illegal in the state. Not only THAT, but forcing other children to hit people (something they did not want to do, but that she intimidated them into doing) is not good for the child being hit, or the children hitting the child. Tards.

June 23 2012 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrodriguez904

The bully gets bullied. Now what?

June 21 2012 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dissertation Jim

Such teachers should not be fired right away!!

June 20 2012 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tlc12078

I am sorry, but I hear "my child would never do that." Really parents, you think that, are you that blind? I think what the teacher did was wrong. The teacher should of had the kid expelled or something, but maybe this will teach the kid never to bully others, gotta nip it in the butt while they are young. And yes jdupont36, you always here not my little boy/girl. Talk about a naive parent. And to the parent, give me a break lady, ANY CHILD, can be up to know good.

June 18 2012 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jdupont36

If the mother in question was paying attention she would have seen her kid was a bully and taken care of it her self.
But, like most parents.......not my little angel.
Well, the kid got what he sowed,
Maybe he even learned a lesson.

June 18 2012 at 9:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Paul Dmitri

This reminds me with the campaign supported by NOW (National Organization of Women),boys are stupid throw rocks at them.
trivializing the pain of boys is extremely inhumane.

June 18 2012 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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