On Sunday, we told you about Kelly Mascio, the New Jersey teacher who could be fired because she walked in on two of her 5-year-old students naked in the bathroom together. Now, the teacher’s union is saying that the reason Mascio may be fired is because she failed to supervise her students.
The incident happened back in September, and Mascio reportedly found two 5-year-olds, a boy and a girl, naked in the bathroom together, claiming they were “having sex.” Mascio immediately reported it to the principal but was still suspended with pay. The school board is now deciding whether or not she should be fired, and while many are outraged that she would be let go for this, the teachers union is explaining their reasoning.
“Originally they said it was failure to supervise her students,” said Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault to the New York Daily News, adding that she believed Mascio, “acted in a professional manner and responsibly reported the incident.”
The school board had a closed meeting on Wednesday to discuss whether or not they should let Mascio go, and even though the public was not allowed to hear the discussion, 200 people showed up to support the teacher of 15 years. The school board has not yet said if they came to any conclusions.
“We question why the administration would forgo the disciplinary route available and taken one that is so severe,” said a spokesperson for the state Department of Education.
Still, Superintendent Brenda Harring-Maro refuses to publicly comment on the issue and said that it would be irresponsible of them to do so.
“The district takes its responsibilities very seriously regarding the health, safety and welfare of our children,” said Harring-Maro. “Simply stated, it would be unprofessional and irresponsible for anyone associated with the school district to speak about school district students or for others to seek to capitalize on that unprofessional and irresponsible behavior.” She also added that, “public reporting of this matter is neither complete nor accurate.”
Mascio has also been silent about this issue as her the future of her jobs remains in limbo.