Hart Students Suspended After Assistant Teacher is Fired - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/18/08

Hart Students Suspended After Assistant Teacher is Fired

An assistant teacher at Hart Independent School District is no longer employed and 15 students were suspended after trying to get answers as to why. The students that NewsChannel 11 talked to are not sure why they are serving a three day suspension or why a long time school employee was let go.

For the last 20 years, Maria Carrasco was an assistant teacher at Hart Independent School District. On Monday she was fired during the school day. "They hadn't called me in if there was a problem with me that hadn't called me in. They hadn't written me up for anything," said Carrasco.   

Carrasco says after she packed up her things, many students wanted answers, so they went to talk to the superintendent. "He won't speak to the kids. He probably could not name 10 students in our school," said Carrasco.

Some students left after the superintendent warned them to go back to their classroom or they wouldn't be allowed to participate in sporting events, but 15 students stayed behind and were suspended for three days.

"The 15 that stayed out are basically our student council representatives, our president, vice president, the officers in the student council and they wanted to talk to him and he refused to talk to them," said Carrasco. 

NewsChannel 11 talked to one of the suspended students and she said they just wanted to know why Ms. Carrasco was fired, but they were locked out of the school and had to be picked up by their parents. No suspended students wanted to go on camera; one says he was told by the principal if he did go on camera he would be kicked out of school.

"If he doesn't have anything to hide he would have no problem talking to anyone and he wants to build relationships, why isn't he building relationships with the students by speaking to them, if they want to ask questions he should be there to answer them," said Carrasco.   

NewsChannel 11 talked to the superintendent, David Rivera, he wouldn't comment on most of the questions we asked, but he did say Carrasco's termination is in the best interest of the district.

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