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East Lubbock mother can't sit with daughter in class

Angela Zuniga Angela Zuniga
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

An East Lubbock mother says Lubbock ISD denied her access to her child Thursday morning.  

Angela Zuniga wanted to sit in during her daughter's classroom instruction and monitor her behavior, but she says the principal of Parkway Elementary refused to allow it.

Zuniga says the fuss started when her daughter came home from school with a note from the teacher.

"She got a behavior slip. I talked to her after school and told her, 'You know what happens when you act up,' and that one of us would be coming to sit with her," Zuniga said.

Zuniga disciplines her children by attending class with them whenever they get in trouble.  She says the point is to make sure the children don't misbehave again.

"I just wanted to sit with my daughter for 30 minutes from 8 to 8:30," Zuniga said.

While it wasn't a big deal for Zuniga, it was a big deal for school officials.  When Zuniga arrived at school Thursday morning, the principal told her it was not appropriate for her to sit in during her daughter's class. The principal told her it could be disruptive to other students.  

Zuniga refused to leave, so the principal called LISD police.

"They came up and asked us to leave. [The officer said] if we didn't leave that he would arrest us for trespassing," Zuniga said.

Zuniga left campus, but the family says they feel the principal violated their rights.

"She's denying us access to our child while in school and I don't think that's right," Zuniga said.

LISD's Nancy Sharp says parents are never denied access to their children within the district.

"These parents had twice before come to the school without checking in and following the proper protocol," Sharp said.

At the end of the day, Sharp says it's the school's responsibility to protect every student in the classroom, not just Zuniga's.

"We are focused on academics, focused on making sure that the environment is the very best it can be for children learning - not only for this particular child but for other children in the classroom," Sharp said.

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