[Ed. – Schools need to begin administering sanity tests to prospective teachers.]
By the second week of school last fall, Kandy Escotto knew something was amiss with her 5-year-old.
Her son, Aaron, complained about going to school. He brought home poor grades. Then, while they were working on homework together, Aaron told his mother that he was a bad boy.
“I said, ‘Why do you say something like that?'” Escotto said. “He said, ‘That’s what the teacher tells me when I don’t do my work.’ ”
Escotto said she complained to Banyan Elementary School Principal Cheri Davis about Rosalba Suarez, a 33-year veteran teacher who was named teacher of the year this year at the school in Westchester. She said the principal told her she needed proof that Suarez was bullying her son.
So Escotto bought a recorder, placed it in her son’s backpack for four days in October and listened to 32 hours of audio.
Escotto heard Suarez humiliating her son and another boy, calling them “loser.” The teacher told Aaron that his mom was driving her crazy, and ostracized him for not correctly learning how to bubble in a test, according to the recording.