BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WHDH) -
A teacher in Centerville has been accused of bullying in the classroom and is on paid administrative leave.
It is unclear what the teacher said or did that lead to the allegations but parents say they are shocked.
“That’s just horrible, horrible. Now I’m concerned about my kids being here,” John Lopes said.
School officials say the principal learned of the issue June 4 and, as a precaution, the teacher involved was placed on administrative leave.
“It’s really surprising to me because I’ve never heard about anything, in his classroom especially,” Josie Rubio, a parent said.
The superintendent of schools said they want the investigation to be thorough, but quick so they can decide if the teacher will be back inside the school this fall.
“The allegations describe bullying-like behavior by the classroom teacher… Our goal is to determine the facts as quickly as possible,” Superintendent Mary Czajkowski said.
The teacher had both special needs and non-disabled pre-school students in the classroom. It is unclear how many students are involved.
“Sometimes there is a lack of patience with children in the classroom and that’s the career that you’ve chosen, you need to have patience with children,” Terri Orlando, the grandmother of a special needs child, said.
The school followed protocol and notified Barnstable Police and the Department of Children and Families; an agency spokesperson confirmed they are investigating.