With tears flowing from her eyes, a parent hear words from her child she never wanted to hear, “Mommy, I didn’t think my teacher hated me!” A third-grade Indianapolis student spoke those words to her mother after overhearing her Pike Township teacher talking negatively about her on Zoom.
An Indianapolis mother is dealing with the trauma she and her daughter faced during a virtual class session. On Monday, September 28, classes in Pike Township were held virtually due to a bus driver shortage. On that day, Evita Ealey and her daughter were getting ready to join a Zoom meeting with her daughter’s third-grade classroom when her third-grade teacher began belittling her daughter along with another teacher in the building. The entire conversation happened over Zoom with herself and other parents and students on the Zoom call. The teachers did not seem to be aware they could be heard.
In the conversation overheard by Ealey and her daughter, the teacher allegedly stated how she did not want her daughter in her class anymore. She talked about how she begged other third-grade teachers in the building to take the third-grader from her classroom. The teacher said how it was not her fault that the child was not able to keep up with the rest of the class.
The teacher expressed frustration with the mother for how she approached her regarding the lack of communication from the teacher. In addition to reaching out to Pike Township, Ealey also shared her frustrations on Facebook.
Prior to this incident, Ealey had nothing but good things to say about the MSD of Pike Township. Ealey and her daughter moved to Indiana from Michigan and felt believed they had moved into a decent school district. The incident has now left Ealey questioning her initial opinion about the district since she does not believe the teachers involved where appropiately held accoutable for their actions.
After the incident Ealey reached out to her daughter’s principal expressing she did not want her daughter to continue to attend the school if the teachers involved in the incident were going to able to keep their jobs.
Next, Ealey reached out to Christine M. Brenner, MSD of Pike Township Director of Elementary Education, to express gratitude that her daughter was being transfered to another elementary school in the district and was no longer being taught by the teacher but to also inquire about how the district would deal with the teachers involved in the incident. Brenner replied with the following:
Ealey is hoping by sharing her story and what happened to her daughter, more community members will ask and demand answers from the MSD of Pike Township. Ealey believes, “no teacher feeling this way should be teaching children.” She wants answers on how the district will prevent this from happening to other students.
The story is still developing.