CALEXICO, Calif. - Calexico resident Lillian Navarro is not afraid to speak out in defense of her children or anyone. On , she spoke out for a group of parents who were too afraid to do it themselves.
“The parents are here. They don't want to speak because they're afraid that they might do something to their children” Navarro said.
She said parents have been told by their children in third grade that a Calexico school teacher is bullying them.
“Their children have told them that she is harassing them. One child asked repeatedly to go to the bathroom. And she doesn't let them go. So, that child started peeing in his bed,” Navarro said.
She said it's the same teacher who was accused of mistreating students at Rockwood Elementary School last year.
"Because of her past, it's concerning,” Navarro said.
She's concerned for her own kids.
“What can happen if my daughter gets her soon?”Navarro said.
She said the parents tried as a group without success to share their concerns with the principal in a meeting.
“She said it wasn't – we weren't talking about personal matters,” Navarro said.
Council Member Bill Hodge, a retired educator, said parents should feel free to share concerns with school officials.
“The recourse is principal, superintendent, and then, of course, the board, the school board,” Hodge said.
Hodge cautions that there's always two sides to a story.
“But if you have more than one parent's that's complaining to it, then, it sounds like it could be a legitimate complaint,” Hodge said.
We reached out to the school principal for comment, but she wasn't available.
Parents are encouraged to take their concerns to the next Calexico School Board meeting on Thursday, October 26th, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at 901 Andrade Avenue, Calexico.