Higbee Community Members Allege a Teacher Slapped a Student

4 years 9 months 1 week ago May 11, 2012 May 11, 2012 Friday, May 11 2012 Friday, May 11, 2012 1:37:00 PM CDT in News
By: Ashley Carr

HIGBEE - Higbee resident Char Kisch claimed the fourth grade teacher at Higbee Elementary slapped a student and cursed in front of students.

"Allegations of slapping the student are false allegations," Higbee Superintendent Gene Hay said. "We didn't have a teacher hit a student -in the face- at anytime this year or the past year."

Kisch claimed the teacher did not slap the child in the face, but instead spanked him.

The superintedent acknowledged there was an incident back in September that Kisch could be refferring to, but would not acknowledge if fourth grade teacher Deborah Walker spanked a student.

Even if she did, spanking is considered corporal punishment. The Higbee School District lists corporal punishment as a part of its district-wide discipline policy. Everything we have dealt with does follow policy and the school has provided the policy we are are supposed to [follow]," Hay said.

The incident occurred about seven months ago, but Hay has an idea about why it is resurfacing. "We have a disgruntled group of people at this time because of the situation with another instructor. I feel as if they are trying to come after the district because of it," Hay said.

The other instructor Hay spoke about is Cindy Wilson, the fifth grade teacher. The school board did not renew Wilson's contract for the 2012-2013 school year, but Hay would not disclose the reason.

Kisch, who is also Wilson's sister-in-law, said she does not understand why teachers who she said are spanking kids should stay over another teacher who she said is "great."

Kisch, along with almost 60 other parents and about 200 students, signed a petition to let Wilson stay.

At this point in time, the school board's decision remains unchanged.

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