Mother: NEISD mishandled daughter's abuse claim
District vehemently denies claim, says allegation handled within district policy
A 6-year-old first grader told her mother she was abused by her male teacher, and her mother said the Northeast Independent School District didn’t do a thorough investigation.
Adriana Tanajara said her daughter first reported being touched inappropriately last Thursday night.
She said she told school administrators at Montgomery Elementary of the claims Friday morning, and they told her an investigation was underway.
Tanajara gave a statement to NEISD police, her daughter was interview by administration officials, the accused teacher was interviewed, and several students in the class were spoken to as well.
A meeting was set for Monday, according to administrators, and Tanajara met with a district human resources representative.
A few hours later, she was told the case was closed.
“I just feel like we deserve more, that my daughter deserves a more thorough investigation,” said Tanajara.
But district officials said that was not the whole story. Spokeswoman Aubrey Chandler said the district followed policy precisely.
Within an hour of the claim being reported, NEISD human resources, NEISD police, and Child Protective Services were notified.
All three conducted their own investigations, but by Monday, only human resources had finished.
Tanajara was told that although that investigation was finished, CPS and NEISD police were continuing to investigate, according to district officials.
Tanajara was not satisfied however, and said she will still withdraw her daughter from the school.
Montgomery Elementary Principal Walter Allen drafted a letter to parents Tuesday regarding the alleged incident. You can read it in full here.
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