“I couldn’t even imagine what I would do if my daughter came home and 19 other kids had spit in her face,” -Tiffany Castee, Parent
Parents are speaking out against a teacher at Shenandoah Community Schools in southwest Iowa who they believe told students to spit on another child.
Parents say the teacher had almost all of the children in one class spit on a boy one by one last week and the teacher hasn't been punished.
"I don't know what she was thinking, but got up and told the kids to get up and they got in line and walked up and one by one spit in this child's face,” says parent Cory Casteel.
Cory and Tiffany Casteel are fired up, even though it wasn't their child who was spit on. "And it is just devastating to think of the child that it happened to and his mom and what they might be going through,” says Tiffany.
Their fourth-grade daughter was there and witnessed it, but didn't participate. “I couldn’t even imagine what I would do if my daughter came home and 19 other kids had spit in her face,” says Tiffany.
They're still wondering what could have warranted this type of reaction from a teacher. "We asked our daughter what he was doing wrong, which I feel is irrelevant, but you still wonder," says Tiffany. “I asked if he was spitting on other children and she said no, he wasn't spitting on other children."
Channel 6 News turned to the school for answers, but was told “the district cannot discuss this or any particular incident."
As far as the Casteel's know, the teacher is still at work, unpunished. “She should go,” says Tiffany. “I don't think she should be teaching children."
Channel 6 News also checked with Shenandoah police, trying to find out if a report had been filed. We were told the police chief was the only one who could answer that question and he was unavailable, in court all day.