Teacher accused of telling student ‘go back to Mexico’ is put on leave


About 120 parents Friday morning packed the library at Fulmore Middle School, seeking answers days after a protest in which students accused a teacher of telling a student to “go back to Mexico.”

At the parent meeting Friday, parents pushed for details on what actions the district had taken against the teacher, some calling for her to be fired or removed from the campus, according to those who attended. Administrators told them that the teacher this week was placed on administrative leave, pending a review, but said they were unable to discuss the specifics of any discipline, citing personnel privacy and the ongoing review of the incident, according to several who attended.

For more on the story, including the name of the teacher involved and an account of her exchange with the student from a witness, visit MyStatesman.com

During the 90-minute meeting, two parents stood up and told administrators they also had negative experiences with the teacher in question, alleging she had made several insensitive remarks, those in attendance said. One parent said she made an anonymous call last year to the school to complain about the teacher, fearing retaliation against her child.

Principal Lisa Bush apologized to parents for the lack of communication after the teacher’s remarks two weeks ago.

In a letter sent to parents Tuesday night, Bush said “an adult staff member made an insensitive statement to a student. Comments such as that are not tolerated at any level and appropriate actions were taken.” The letter didn’t provide any other details as to what exactly was said or what actions were taken.



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