News 12 This Morning/Friday May 16, 2014
RICHMOND CO., Ga . (WRDW)--It's been two weeks since Candace Colley says her 7-year-old son, Dexter, came home and told her his teacher had hit him in the face.
"I was in the kitchen cooking and he walked to me and was like 'my teacher hit me in my face' and I was like 'hit you in your face?" said Colley.
She says the next day she went to school with her son to see the principal and then the Board of Education office.
That same day, Rollins Elementary's Vice Principal asked Dexter what happened.
For two weeks, Colley says she didn't get any update from the school so she called again, met with the Principal who gave the parent this transcript of what her son says happened.
The 7-year-old, who sits near the front board, says that his teacher was swinging a ruler and came close to hitting him. He he says when he told his teacher "You almost hit me" and his teacher ignored him, but kept swinging the ruler.
The student says he then told the teacher "You almost hit me in the eyes this time." Again, he says the teacher ignored him. Finally he says the teacher was swinging the ruler and "this time she hit me."
The principal at Rollins Elementary couldn't talk to 12 on camera, but she did get in touch confirming that she had her staff conduct an investigation where they got the statement from Dexter.
She says, after the investigation, they decided to move Dexter from the classroom, which they felt was an adequate response.
But, Colley says she thinks more should be done.
"They just told me they couldn't tell me what was going on and that the situation was being handled," said Colley.
But she says she doesn't like the outcome.
As far as she knows the teacher received no reprimand. Instead the school moved her son Dexter to another class.
"I think it's not a good solution, because he still has to see that teacher everyday," Colley explained. "That teacher should have been removed because it's almost the end of the school year. He should not have to have been moved from his classroom."
Meanwhile, Rollins Elementary says the investigation is closed and the decision made.
The principal tells us there have been no other complaints again this teacher. The parent says her son is a good student with good grades.
As far as the school or school board's decision, Colley has no other options. She says she's now looking at moving and enrolling her children in a different school next year.