Two Louisiana elementary school teachers were arrested after allegations of them bullying an 11-year-old surfaced.
WGNO reports that St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the victim’s mother initially called his office in February with the allegations that Washington Elementary teacher Ann Marie Shelvin, 44, was threatening students who would not bully her child. The mother also alleged that Shelvin told her child to “go and kill yourself.”
The mother was told that she needed to report the incident to the school board, but she came back with more allegations in April.
An investigation into the bullying found that Shelvin threatened to fail three students if they didn’t try and fight the 11-year-old.
One student says that Shelvin wouldn’t help her with her work if she didn’t fight the other student. She believed the teacher would fail her from the 7th grade so she did what the teacher said. The student said that Shelvin didn’t like the 11-year-old’s mother, which is why she was having her bullied.
Shelvin was replaced on April 24 with a teacher’s aide. Her replacement, Tracy Gallow, 50, was just as bad, though.
On Monday, the 11-year-old’s mother called police with allegations that Gallow was intimidating her daughter because she was speaking out against Shelvin. After police reviewed the security footage, they found that Gallow yelled at the child and pushed her into bleachers.
The school system is currently investigating the incident, says Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.
“We want to assure the school community that we take reports of this nature very seriously and will do everything in our power to protect the health, safety and welfare of all students.”
Both teachers are now facing charges in connection with the bullying.
Shelvin was arrested on charges of encouraging or contributing to child delinquency, malfeasance in office and intimidation and interference in the operation of schools. Her bond was set at $2,000.
Gallow was charged with malfeasance in office, simple battery and intimidation and interference in school operations. Her bond was set at $1,500.
Both women posted bail as of Thursday.
[Feature Photo: St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office]