Tomas Valero found his daughter crying after she went home from school. It was not hard to see that something was wrong. When he learned about what was happening, he was taken by complete surprise. However, he had to take sneaky measures to get to the root of the problem. What did he do to get to the bottom of it?
It can be hard when children finally start going to school. It is a huge adjustment, so parents have to help their kids through it as much as possible. Even if the teacher is good, it is a big change for the little ones.
A Tough Adjustment
Adjusting to a new school is already hard enough, but a rude teacher will make everything a lot harder for a kid. Upon noticing that his child was having a hard time, Tomas knew he had to do something.
She Was Scared
No doubt, we all want the best for our kids. It was only natural for this father to feel concerned after he saw how much pain his little angel was in. Tomas is a caring parent, so we can see why he started to worry after noticing that his young girl was not acting quite like herself.
She Became More Emotional
He realized that his daughter began to get more emotional after she began to attend her new school. At the start, he chalked it all up to nerves. However, Tomas soon realized that there was more to this story.
The Same Routine
He started to get worried when his daughter began to cry and ask to just stay home. It became a regular thing for her. Every morning started off in the same way. Tomas did not like seeing her act like this.
The Situation Worsened
Days turned to months. It soon became apparent that his little girl no longer felt any joy or excitement about school. She was only getting more scared as the days went on. She kept protesting about school.
Tomas wanted to figure out the true problem and talked to her about it. However, his little girl did not want to tell her parents the truth. Still, something had to be done. He wanted his daughter to be happy.
Her New School
His kid recently began attending kindergarten at Pine Grove Elementary School. Before that, he did not notice anything odd about the little girl. He only knew that she was a healthy little girl who could make friends easily and had quite the creative streak. What could have happened to her?
She Began To Change
It was not long after she started going to school that he noticed just how much more emotional she was getting. Tomas could see that it must be something going on at school. Was it the teachers, the kids, or the place itself?
Did Well In School
Right before this happened, his child had been performing well in school. She earned good grades and received positive reports on the regular. A couple of months after enrolling at her current school, she started to do worse in school. What was up?
Feeling So Powerless
On top of that, she often got more emotional before and after she went to school. What was the issue here? Tomas could not stand seeing his daughter act like this. He felt truly powerless at the time.
The Concerned Father
We are sure that any parent would feel worried about the well-being of their child. It was tough to see his daughter sad so often. He was starting to get more worried about her. The more he tried to get to the bottom of it, the more his little girl shrank away. Then he realized what could be going on.
A Stable, Happy Life
He thought long and hard. Tomas was convinced that his daughter was getting bullied by someone. Was it her teacher or a classmate? The family lived a happy and stable life, so it could not be a home issue.
Patience Is A Virtue
It is incredibly important to be patient. It might even be the most important virtue out there, but we admit that it is hard to practice. With little kids, it is even more valuable. They can be hard to handle, but it is important to take them through it all if you want to educate them.
Her Formative Years
His daughter was a very young girl. She was only in her formative years, so this was a very important and crucial time in her life. The things that happen to her now will shape her into the adult she will become.
Preparation For The Future
Tomas and his wife had two girls and a boy. They raised the kids with this mindset and surrounded them with encouragement and positivity. It was important for the children to have a strong sense of self.
More Harm Than Good
With this in mind, it makes sense that a harsh teacher will only do more harm than good. He and his wife did not want this for their kids. However, they were starting to suspect that this was the problem.
Creating A Plan
Tomas was one resourceful man and knew that he had to get to the bottom of this problem. He had a hard time since his daughter was too shy and young to talk about what she was going through.
Time To Take Action
As a father, he could not just let his daughter get even sadder over time. He already had enough and decided to do something about it. But what should he do? At last, he came up with a plan.
How Would He Do It?
But how could Tomas find out what was happening at school without being there? There was a chance that the teacher would simply act differently if he wanted to sit in. He had to be more creative about it.
Hidden Hearing Device
In the end, he decided to just ‘listen in’… literally! He got a hearing device and planted it in his child’s hair. This way, he could listen in and figure out what to do about it. This was his chance to understand.
He knew that it was a drastic measure. Still, it was important for him to have proof if he wanted it to stop. He even kept the hearing device a secret from his daughter so that she would not get distracted.
He could not wait to hear about what a normal school day was like for his daughter. Tomas waited for her to return home and smiled as she came up the driveway. He only wanted her to smile more again!
When he began listening to the recording from the hearing device, he could not believe what he heard. Tomas was livid after he listened to this recording, but he also felt glad to finally know the problem.
The Source Of The Problems
It sounded like the teacher was being harsh to the students! Tomas kept listening to it and realized that this was likely causing his daughter distress. He was shocked, but he did not have any time to waste.
This was a teacher who was taking advantage of her post. It was hard for Tomas to find out that the person who was supposed to look after his kid was acting like this. He could not believe it.
What To Do?
As he continued to listen, he learned a few more things. The teacher did not just say offensive stuff, but her tone was also rather mean. Thanks to the recording, Tomas was able to hear her scream at the children for the most trivial reasons. But what should he do after this?
Sick To His Stomach
He felt sick to find out that a teacher would act like this. This was the reason that he tried to raise the problem with the public school district. When anything like this happens to your child, it is typically easier to bring it up with a person who actually has the power to put a stop to it.
Filing A Complaint
Instead of speaking with the teacher herself, Tomas decided that he might get further with it if he talked to the state school board instead. This was what he did. He picked a date and told them what happened.
Their Poor Response
While he had a valid complaint as well as the proof to back it up, they failed to do anything that would alleviate the situation. Tomas could not help but get disappointed by this response. He felt sickened to hear that they did not care about the teacher tearing down kids.
No Action Taken
We can imagine just how upset he must have been when they did not want to help him out. According to the board, they have already disciplined her for this. However, this was not good enough for Tomas.
Making His Point
He was not satisfied with the way the authorities responded to his complaint. After all, the teacher was still teaching his daughter’s class. Tomas felt like it was high time for retribution. It did not take him long to deal with Duncan, this kindergarten teacher, in his own way. Let us find out how he did this.
A Parent’s Duty
The school made him an offer to move his child to a different class, but this was now bigger than his daughter. He felt worried about the other kids in the class as well. He was a parent, so he knew that he was not only there to stand up for his child but the rest of the children in the school too.
For The Kids
He got upset that he did not receive a lot of support from the school. After all, this was an issue that would affect these children’s lives. With Duncan teaching there, many kids would be in danger as well. While he and other parents protested, the officials at the school refused to budge.
Signing A Petition
Word got out about what was happening at the school. Everyone found out about the way Duncan treated kids. Tomas did not get much support initially, but it all changed when he created a petition for the dismissal of Duncan on Change.org. Soon enough, he garnered more than 2,000 signatures.
The Media Spotlight
It came as a huge surprise when Tomas was placed under the media spotlight after this. Local news channels heard about what was going on at Pine Grove. They admired this father for his determination.
The Entire Country
It did not take long before the story got a wider audience. People from different parts of the globe heard about what the teacher did. While she did not get fired, Tomas felt hopeful that things will change.
Preventing Childhood Traumas
Perhaps the worst thing about what the teacher did was that it was going to have a lasting effect on the kids. Fears and habits tend to stick with children for a long time. Sometimes, it never really fades.
What Could Have Been
If Tomas failed to notice how the behavior of his daughter changed, there was a chance that she would get trauma forever. Luckily, he worked hard to make it right. This was a serious matter, after all.
Being A Mentor
All parents out there will know that it can be hard to be good mentors. One first has to scrutinize and criticize their behaviors and actions. While not easy, this is important in order to be a good role model.
The Best Parent Possible
However, he would soon learn that there are times when things are just out of his control regardless of how much he tries his best. Still, he would do everything to ensure that his daughter is safe and sound.
A Teacher’s Responsibility
It is the duty of a teacher to hand out lessons that extend outside the curriculum. They should improve the minds and imaginations of their students. Remember that these things will leave a mark on the kids.
Her Father’s Efforts
It is not a good idea for teachers to display abusive and scary behaviors in front of the kids. Doing so will stifle the progress of the kid and make them feel more anxious. Did Tomas do anything to fix the issue?
Holding Onto Hope
Duncan keeps teaching at the school, but we hope that she has realized how harsh she was to the children in her class. Tomas continues to hold onto hope that more changes will happen soon.
Lives At Stake
It sure did feel like the school was forsaking the safety of the kids because of the short temper on this teacher. Tomas learned that he has to make a stand in order to change things. We hope no more kids will be harmed in this manner in the future!