A Wichita Falls parent wants answers after she said her son was choked by a substitute teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary.
“She came behind him and was like squeezing his neck,” said Krystal Catano.
Catano said at 8:30 Tuesday morning her 11-year-old son was assaulted by a substitute teacher after the teacher asked the class to lower their voices.
“It was just sad, you know the things that he was telling me and how he felt and how it made him feel.”
Catano said it wasn’t until her son came in contact with another teacher that the principal was notified, who conducted her own investigation.
“They know what to do when a child hits a teacher, right, they call the police,” Catano said. “So, they’re not going to call the police when a teacher hits a student? My son’s telling me he got choked, I’m going to believe him. I’m his mom. Who else is going to stand up for him?”
She said she wasn’t contacted about the alleged assault until hours later and the police department was not called.
However, Catano said she called police later that day and made a report.
“The officer comes out. ‘Why didn’t the school call,’ they asked. Why am I waiting so long to call.”
Catano said all of her children have gone to WFISD schools and she’s hoping they’ll have better procedures in place, should something similar happen in the future.
We reached out to the WFISD and the PIO commented on behalf of Superintendent Michael Kuhrt. She said, “We did investigate the situation at Franklin. After the investigation it was determined that there was no need for police involvement or a CPS report. However, the substitute did handle the discipline inappropriately and is no longer on our sub list.”