The mother of a 6 year-old boy told reporters and authorities that her son was slapped by each of his classmates on the orders of their teacher, as a form of discipline.
Aiden Neely was accused of being a bully at Salinas Elementary School, near San Antonio, Texas. It seems his kindergarten teacher has come up with a creative way to end his bullying, and is accused of ordering 24 other students to line-up and slap Neely one at a time.
“He was hit on the head, in the face, on the back. And all the kids hit him twice,” said Amy Neely, the boy’s mother. “He had friends in that class, and friends didn’t want to hit him, but the teacher instructed them to hit him.”
The “Slap Fest” occurred in early May, but the mother was not informed about it until weeks later when her son’s principal called.
“The teacher told him not to tell us,” said Neely. “My stomach was in knots. It was horrible.”
The Judson Independent School District has fired the teacher who was accused of devising this form of anti-bullying punishment. She has been charged, along with another teacher who allegedly failed to report the incident, with a misdemeanor, according to the chief of the school district’s police department.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure that these kinds of incidents don’t happen again,” said district spokesman Steve Linscomb.
The charge is known in the Texas courts as “official oppression”, and it relates to a public servant who misuses their position to inflict oppression upon someone under their authority. Although the mother of the boy says it’s not enough for her, she wants to make certain that this teacher will never step foot inside another classroom.
“I just want to make sure that she isn’t able to teach again,” said Neely. “I just want to make sure that justice is served for Aiden.”