Like they say, Life is a master teacher. However, most of us don’t learn in time. Among such is a teacher from Miami, Florida who didn’t quite “get the memo”.
When concerned mom Kandy Escotto, observed that her five-year-old son Aaron, was not being his usual self, she took the bold step of confronting his teacher. She noticed that he (Aaron) would cry when he knew it was time to go to school.
One year ago, a few weeks after Aaron began to attend kindergarten at Banyan Elementary School, his mom noticed that something had changed. Speaking with Local 10 News, she said she observed “he was behaving super weird”. “he didn’t want to go to school and would cry when he knew it was time to leave for school”.
More than all these, however, a red flag popped up when she was helping him with his homework together and Aaron referred to himself as a “bad boy”.
Taken aback by his outburst, the concerned mother asked her son why he would say such a thing and he replied, “That’s what my teacher tells me when I do my work”.
Suarez was the winner of the School’s teacher of the year award the previous year, made the scenario more upsetting for the concerned mother. So she decided to take action by hiding a tape recorder in Aaron’s backpack.
“I feel sorry for your mom. I really do. She is a little lost”. Aaron’s recorder captured four days of classes last October and caught quite a number of provocative comments from the teacher. Suarez can be heard referring to Aaron as a “loser”.
In another scene, Suarez says “Whatever your mom wants to see, honey, whatever your mom wants to see, you tell me what she wants to see a nice job or she wants to see a Loser’s job”. She also in another case insulted Aaron for not filling in an answer sheet correctly and would often make reference to his mother.
From the recorded conversation, Suarez on an occasion insulted Aaron by pointing it out to everyone that he could still not write well, making constant reference to his mom, about how she is driving her crazy. She also made sure of telling Aaron about how sorry she is for his mother.
After listening to the recorded conversation, Escotto said she finally understood the reason behind Aaron’s behavior. According to her, Suarez picked him out, she singled him out, she humiliated him in front of the whole class, she talked about me in front of him. No five-year-old should be able to go through that. That affected my family, affected him.
Confronting Suarez with the recordings, she got nothing back but plain arrogance, she then decided to take up legal action against her. Aaron, however, was moved to a new class and according to his mom, he’s completely changed. His grades are now higher and he went to honor roll.
Though secretly taping someone is normally considered an illegal act in Florida, Escotto argues that a public school classroom has no expectation of privacy. The School’s board promise that it will conduct a comprehensive review of the case. But the case is what Escotto lawyer calls a “done deal”.