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Mother says Plainview teacher slapped pre-K student

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Leslie Cavazos and her son Allen Leslie Cavazos and her son Allen

Leslie Cavazos got a shock when she picked up her 4-year-old son from Hillcrest Elementary School in Plainview on Monday.

"The teacher saw me after school and she told me, 'Your son was misbehaving today.' I said what happened and she said he wasn't listening to me," Cavazos said. "When we got home he told me that his teacher had gotten mad and his teacher had slapped him and hit him."

Leslie's son Allen had gotten a red card, part of a behavior system the teacher used to keep the kids in line. Green cards mean a child is good, yellow means the child was rowdy and red indicates poor behavior.

Leslie didn't know what to do so she called her sister-in-law whose daughter is in the same class. Leslie told her sister-in-law not to mention the incident and see what her daughter said. Allen's cousin validated the story.

"My teacher slapped my cousin Allen in the face," she said. "She slapped him in the face real hard."

Leslie immediately called Plainview ISD who said they would take action but needed other students to verify what happened since Allen and his cousin are obviously relatives.

"For the protection of all involved, of course we are following our procedure and protocol and we are thoroughly investigating the situation," said Brandy Merrick, Executive Director for Human Resource Services for Plainview ISD. "This particular teacher has a very longstanding history in Plainview ISD. She is a very caring, very nurturing and very professional individual."

So now Leslie is taking matters into her own hands.

"I'm going to go see the cops and press charges on the teacher and the school because they didn't do anything about it," Cavazos said. "They should have at least fired her. If she can't control her anger issues or her anger stuff she shouldn't be dealing with kids."

Plainview ISD is not releasing the identity of the teacher until the investigation is complete, which they expect to happen later this week.

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