Teacher probed in violence
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sneath and about 15 other Barrel Springs parents went to the board meeting Tuesday night to report the incident. District administrators said Wednesday the incident was being investigated and appropriate action would be taken, although they would not elaborate, saying it involved a confidential personnel issue. Superintendent Jack Gyves said the teacher mishandled the situation and committed an error in judgment. “It was not an appropriate course of action. It was a serious breach of judgment, and appropriate actions will be taken,” Gyves said. Gyves said Principal Mary Wright has talked with the teacher and the teacher has acknowledged that what she did was a mistake. PALMDALE – Palmdale School District is investigating a Barrel Springs School teacher who told a fourth-grade boy to throw a pencil at a classmate who had earlier thrown a pencil at him that hit him in the eye. A parent who was there said the teacher held the classmate against a hallway wall and told the first boy to throw the pencil at him. When the pencil missed on the first throw, the teacher said to throw it again, harder, and be sure it hit, said parent Roxanne Sneath. After the second throw, which hit, the classmate broke free from the teacher’s grasp and punched the other boy in the face, Sneath said. “It just made me ill,” Sneath said. “The boy was taught to do something wrong and got hit in the face because of what (the teacher) said.” The teacher is a curriculum-resource teacher who helps out Wright when the assistant principal is not there, Gyves said. She had gone to the classroom when the teacher called the school office to ask for help with the boy who originally threw a pencil, Gyves added. “It was total misjudgment of authority,” said trustee Sheldon Epstein. “We need to investigate it. Certainly there would be a consequences if that was true.” A message left at Barrel Springs for the teacher was not returned. Wright referred calls to the district office. Sneath said the incident occurred Monday about 20 minutes before the end of the school day in her son’s classroom, where she volunteers. When she entered the room, Sneath said the classroom teacher was on the telephone asking for someone to come from the office to remove a disruptive student, who was throwing books and cursing. Sneath said she noticed a new student writing obscenities on his desk. Sneath said the curriculum-resource teacher arrived in a state of anger and asked, “Who is it?” She called the new student to come up to the classroom teacher’s desk and asked what was going on. At that point, another boy stood up and said the new student was calling him dirty names, Sneath said. The new student then picked up a pencil off the teachers’s desk and threw it at the other child, hitting him in the eye. The curriculum resource teacher screamed “We don’t do that,” grabbed the pencil thrower and dragged him out the door, Sneath said. The curriculum resource teacher then asked the boy who was hit with the pencil to come out into the hall, Sneath said. That boy was crying and holding his eye, she said. She told the boy who had been crying to pick up a pencil and throw it at the other boy, whom she was holding, Sneath said. It missed. “Then she said you have to pick it up and throw it harder and make sure you hit him,” Sneath said. The incident occurred within view of children in the classroom, Sneath said. “The kids started to scream and cry in class,” she added. District officials said the new student had transferred from another district and had been attending Barrel Springs for only a few days. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!