Parents: Elementary teacher Pushed, shook students that are disruptive

BROCKTON, Mass. —

The families of two elementary school pupils in Brockton explained a fifth-grade teacher should learn to keep her hands to himself, The Enterprise reported.

Parents of 2 Brockton boys have been speaking out afterwards, they said, a reading teacher at Brookfield Elementary School has pushed and educated pupils who interrupt class up.

Charlie Robbins stated that on Friday morning, his son C.J. was seized by the teacher, who then awakened the fifth grader.

“She came up to him from behind, advised him to stop talking and caught him and kissed him,” said Charlie Robbins, who spoke to The Enterprise outside the school on Saturday. “I just don’t think this woman ought to be teaching children if she’s going to be placing their hands on them.”

Marguerite Masson declined to comment when asked on Saturday, however the superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, Kathleen Smith, provided a statement on Monday morning and pledged to research.

“All children deserve a safe and supportive place to learn with trusted adults,” Smith wrote. “It’s not okay to be physically aggressive whatsoever with pupils, and we are investigating allegations that were made at the Brookfield School. Due to confidentiality laws pertaining to employees and pupils, we can’t discuss specifics. The thing is under investigation.”

An effort to reach the instructor far has been ineffective.

C.J. stated he was talking to his friends when the teacher walked up quickly to him, shook him from behind, and nearly forced him flat to the desk at the same point.

“It was uncomfortable,” the 10-year-old said. “She got so near me, to this point where I was in my desk.”

C.J. wasn’t hurt during the incident, his dad said.

The story continues after the parents speaking in front of the school on Saturday’s following video.

Robbins stated there are ways to discipline a student for speaking out of turn or misbehaving during class. Robbins explained that his son should stop talking during course, but it does not justify any use of pressure.

“If that is likely to frustrate you till the point you are likely to put your hands to a kid, you need to stop working around children,” stated the Brockton boy’s dad.

Parents of a different pupil said that Friday’s incident comes on the heels of the teacher being placed on leave.

Kim Natale and Gregg Natale equally said the Brookfield Elementary teacher nearly pushed into the ground their son . Their son, Calib Natale, 10, said he was humming and tapping on his desk, when his teacher came up to him from the side, also gave him a “pretty strong” shove.”

“She came up to me and pushed me,” Calib Natale stated. “But I caught myself. … I was scared.”

The Natales stated they chose to take their son by Brookfield and transferred him on Wednesday when they learned the district intended to keep the teacher.

“I was not putting him back in that circumstance,” Kim Natale stated. “Fundamentally, she took precedence on his schooling and him.”

Gregg Natale stated it was not an easy choice.

“He needed to leave all his friends behind,” Gregg Natale stated. “He’s been here since kindergarten. But Calib doesn’t feel safe in this school.”

Principal Masson came outside but declined to answer any queries while The Enterprise interviewed the parents along with Robbins on Saturday afternoon next to the school.

“No comment,” said Masson, later asking people to leave a gated neighborhood, which she then locked. “I do not believe you are supposed to be on school grounds.”

Ward 6 School Committee agent Joyce Asack stated she would soon be following up with the school administration and achieved to the parents.

“I’ve been connected with the superintendent,” Asack stated. “I was advised that this is a personnel issue and that they’re investigating it. As you know, safety of our students is our number one priority.”

A school committee candidate running Felicia Chalmers, against Asack, responded to a request. But Chalmers stated she needs more information.

“Oh, my goodness, that is horrible,” said Chalmers, speaking by telephone. “That is actually the first I have heard about that. … To be honest, I would need to know more.”

Tom Minichiello, the faculty committee’s vice chairman, said he and many others received a report by the superintendent at the conclusion of the week about the allegations against the teacher. In addition, he welcomed an outside investigation, although Minichiello said he’s convinced the administration along with the district’s human resources department will investigate completely.

“If a state agency should come in and examine, then so be it,” Minichiello said. “The safety and security of our students comes first.”

Minichiello also stated the teacher ought to remain on leave as the allegations have been investigated.

Minichiello stated he “would think” it ought to be public information if the teacher remains suspended.

Ward 7 School Committee member Timothy Sullivan explained that if allegations are true, the teacher needs to be eliminated.

“If that is the situation, that she is placing her hands on pupils, she can’t be there,” Sullivan said. “She must be eliminated. … There needs to be an easier way or better approach to control kids. There’s not any reason to put a hand on a pupil.”

Ward 7 School Committee candidate Ray Henningson stated the school district can be equally transparent concerning the incident, while also assessing the process that the teacher ought to be afforded.

“I am not conscious of those complaints, but allegations such as this are profoundly concerning, and should be researched, and, if found to be true, we must hold that person accountable,” Henningson stated. “We have excellent instructors and support staff within our school program. So when allegations such as this are created, it is troubling. Our children need to feel safe in and outside of school.”

After meeting with Smith, the superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, the Natale parents stated they were not satisfied with the district’s answer. Gregg and Kim Natale stated they thought the teacher ought to be removed from her position at Brookfield, not merely taken off the work temporarily. The Natales explained the school told them that a 51A child abuse report form has been filed over the incident with the state Department of Families and Children. But the Natales stated they plan to file a police report.

“You can’t put hands on kids,” Gregg Natale stated. “End of story.”