10-year-old girl claims substitute teacher slapped her during class
SACRAMENTO (KTXL) -- A playground scuffle at Sacramento's Foothill Ranch Middle School might go something like this:
"She slapped me in my ear... I felt pretty scared and upset."
But 10-year-old Brittney Sales isn't talking about a slap from a schoolmate.
She's talking about a slap she claims came from the hand of a substitute teacher on Monday in math class.
She has pictures of the redness and swelling she says were left behind.
The fifth-grader also claims she received a painful elbow jab to the back from the same teacher.
According to Brittney, while she was the only one slapped, several other students at her Twin Rivers District school got that same hard elbow to the back -- eventually walking out of class and getting help from a school staff member.
Brittney also wanted help from her parents.
"I asked to come home, and I also asked to call my mom, and they were like 'no,'" she said.
With an incident that allegedly happened at 10:30 Monday morning, Brittney's mom Christina Easter didn't see her ear or hear her story until school was out for the day.
"I was horrified ... my daughter was assaulted by a teacher, was the way I felt," said Easter, who thinks this substitute should lose her license.
"I feel like they should have instantly called me when it happened," she said.
Brittney's mom started calling the school as soon as she learned about the incident -- nine times, leaving at least four messages between Monday and Tuesday -- not hearing anything back until late Tuesday from Principal Randy Holcomb.
Easter says he told her he didn't know she'd called or that her daughter was involved.
"Talking to some of the other kids involved, they even said Brittney was sitting outside with them, that Brittney had talked to the principal, was talking to the officer on campus," said Easter.
FOX40 tried to get the district's take on the incident Monday, but got no response then and no response during business hours Tuesday.
We knocked on Principal Holcomb's door Tuesday evening, but got no insight.
"No, no comment. Thanks good night," Holcomb said.
After that visit, district spokesperson Zenobia Gerald called to confirm that Twin Rivers is investigating the alleged incident, and that the substitute was removed from class Monday.
Brittney's still shaken.
"I don't feel safe," she said when asked how she felt about returning to school.
The substitute's name was not released to FOX40 or Brittney's parents.
Gerald says no complaint was filed with the district on Monday, but that Twin Rivers is now following its standard protocol for an investigation of this type.
Easter plans to head to district headquarters Wednesday.
She also says she will pull her children out of Foothill Ranch Middle School because she's dismayed by how this incident was handled.