WICHITA, Kan. At least through last week, a Wichita elementary school teacher accused of cyber-bullying a kindergarten student remained employed with the district, records show.
The accusations involves a picture of a crying student the teacher posted on Instagram with a caption, the child's mother says, makes fun of the kindergartner.
Eyewitness News last week filed an open records request from the Wichita school district. The district confirmed the teacher is no longer in her kindergarten classroom at Gammon Elementary School, but the records request show as of last week, the teacher remained employed with the district as a roving teacher.
“Roving teachers can work with students or at the administration office depending on the work assignment," the district explains. "They are transferred to roving teachers for a variety of reasons. Assignments are determined by what is appropriate given the needs of the district and any restrictions a roving teacher may have.”
Last week, a long-term substitute took over the teacher's kindergarten classroom at Gammon.
"...The long-term sub will be a part of our Gammon staff for the remainder of the semester," the district said in a statement issued last week. "We are currently looking for a full-time replacement to start after the first of the year. We appreciate your cooperation and support at this time."
Eyewitness News is continuing to follow this story. Among the questions we have is what steps the child's mother may take.
Wednesday, we learned the child's mother has contacted an attorney and plans to file a grievance. She says she's writing a letter to the Wichita school district's human resources department, hoping this encourages the district to fire the teacher.
The mother and an advocacy group are planning to attend the school board's Oct. 22 meeting at North High School to talk about the district's social-media policy. She and the group are also planning a protest outside the district's administrative offices on South Edgemoor.