A Texas elementary school teacher has been suspended after she allegedly locked an unruly and potentially violent student out of her classroom.
The Nevada, Texas, school district placed fourth grade teacher Judy Stough at McClendon Elementary School on administrative leave after she allegedly prevented a boy with behavioral problems from entering her classroom, CBS News reports.
The child was reportedly yelling, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you” as he attempted to enter the room.
“He kept banging on the door and yelling at us,” Cheyenne Wilson, a fourth grader in Stough’s class, told CBS. “I was worried but I wasn’t crying, most of the kids were crying.”
Many parents and students disagree with the school district’s decision and praise Stough for what she did.
“She handled it like she should have,” another fourth grader said.
The school has suspended Stough for allegedly escalating the incident. Several text messages from Stough to another teacher were provided to reporters.
“Scares the hell out of my kids,” a text from Stough read. “One about to pee her pants.”
Many of the students were kept home by their parents in the days following the incident. The parents reportedly feared that the boy who was locked out of the classroom was a danger to their kids.
“I would just rather pay truancy and make sure she’s safe than send her to school and let her get hurt,” parent Connie Wilson told CBS.
A meeting with parents and school officials convened on Thursday to discuss the incident. The acting superintendent insisted that the boy had behavioral problems and that the students were never in any danger.
Many parents, like Brandie Bohmer, want to see Stough return to her position.
“She was protecting children in that class,” Bohmer said. “She took a student; she locked him out of the class, because he said he wanted to kill them. In my opinion she saved all those kids … she was helping, trying to save all those kids.”
The superintendent commented on the situation, saying: “We are aware of the threat but at no time were any students in danger. We take all comments seriously and will investigate them thoroughly.”
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