Parents slam elementary school over teacher's in-class question: ‘They felt they were in trouble’
An elementary school teacher is facing backlash after asking one of her students a series of uncomfortable questions.
Jezenia Gambino, the parent of a fifth-grader at Northport K-8 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said the conversation left her daughter too embarrassed to return to school. The mom told WPTV she’s withdrawing her child from Northport and will homeschool her for the remainder of the year.
The controversy began when the teacher, who remains unnamed, confronted Gambino’s daughter about a “rumor” she’d heard.
“The rumor was that my daughter and another 5th-grade little girl were dating,” Gambino told WPTV.
However, the teacher allegedly confronted Gaminbo’s daughter in front of the entire class, leaving the fifth-grader confused and concerned.
“She asked them if they were together if they were dating as a couple together and she asked them in a way that they felt they were in trouble,” Gambino said. “She wasn’t sure if they should hang out together anymore because of what happened in school. She didn’t want anyone to think they were gay.”