An elementary school in Aurora, Colorado, admitted that a note that a teacher passed to a second grade girl was inappropriate but did not discipline the teacher.
The Aurora Academy Charter School teacher, who remains unnamed, has not been accused of a crime, Fox Denver reports.
The fourth grade teacher passed two notes to a 7-year-old girl on the playground who was not in his class.
In the note, the teacher casually used his first name and included a picture of himself with his tongue out.
"You are not a 'Stinky Butt' but a 'Crazy Head,'" the first note said, followed by "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I tricked you!!!"
"Kind of a peculiar letter from a teacher," said Cary Reed, the student's father.
Reed, who said he had experience with law enforcement, saw red flags in the letter.
“As I read over the letter, it was concerning since it had the teacher’s face and he was using pet names to refer to her," he said. "We felt it was inappropriate and grooming behaviors.”
Reed was confused until the girl brought home another letter the following school day.
This time, it had a poem.
"I could tell on Friday you were feeling blue," it said, later saying, "You make me smile" and requesting the girl's friendship.
“At that point, we felt like we needed to address it with the school,” Reed said.
The school gave Reed a lackluster answer, promising a full investigation but telling him one day later that the teacher promised not to do it again. They did not discipline him.
“Given the concerning nature of the situation we just wanted the school to be a little bit more proactive,” said Reed.
He decided to post a lengthy review on Great Schools, where he explained what the teacher had done, saying that it "became an immediate safety concern" for his daughter "and potentially others in the school."
"Based on the 'grooming' content of the letter, it concerned us to the point of having to request all of our information be removed from their database," he wrote. "Education is a priority and emphasis within our family structure and it has been tainted by the above situation."