A parent confronts an elementary school teacher during class in Fresno CA

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A parent confronted a teacher at Pyle Elementary School in Fresno, California, yelling at the teacher during class while another person blocked the door. The teachers’ union is calling for an investigation. (Bee File Photo)

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A parent “burst” into a classroom and threatened a teacher at Pyle Elementary School with physical violence earlier this week, according to a news release from the Fresno Teachers Association on Thursday afternoon.

The confrontation happened Tuesday morning just after 8 a.m. in a third grade classroom. The teacher took attendance at that time.

The parent entered the school as students were arriving for the day, meaning campus doors were open to allow a “free flow” of students into class, according to Diana Diaz, a spokeswoman for the district.

The parent and an accompanying teenage girl blocked the door and prevented the teacher and her class from leaving the room while shouting and insulting the teacher, the FTA said in the statement. Another teacher who heard the disturbance called the police, who escorted the parent from campus soon after.

During the incident, Diaz wrote that the school’s site administration helped escort students out of the classroom and worked with Pyle’s security and emergency response personnel to move nearby classes.

But this is not the first time the parent has threatened a teacher, the teachers’ union said.

“According to teachers, this parent’s behavior and the behavior of his student have been an ongoing concern for nearly three school years, but the district administration has done nothing to address it,” FTA officials said. in the press release.

In response, the Fresno Teachers Association released a list of demands, including:

  • Trauma support services for students and staff affected by the incident
  • A comprehensive investigation of the parent’s ability to enter the classroom during the school day and past behavior
  • Transfer the parent’s student to independent study for the remainder of the school year
  • A campus safety plan
  • A district-funded campus assistant

“Unfortunately, this incident and others like it are the ugly culmination of Fresno Unified’s unwritten policy of not holding students and adults accountable for their inappropriate behavior,” said FTA President Manuel Bonilla. . “No one deserves to interrupt our students’ learning.”

Since Tuesday, the school principal has supported the teacher in the process of filing a restraining order, according to Diaz.

“School site administration has reviewed safety protocols with all staff and has adjusted arrival supervision duties to the principal and vice-principals for the remainder of the school year,” Diaz wrote.

She said the district can’t comment on any student-specific details, but is working on a safety plan that doesn’t punish any student for a parent’s behavior.

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