Kindergarten cop

Mother heartbroken by what teacher called her 5-year-old son while being secretly recorded

Kandy Escotto (YouTube / ABC News)

A Florida woman has hired a lawyer and is demanding action after she suspected her son’s kindergarten teacher was bullying her son, and then set up a veritable sting operation in the young boy’s backpack to prove her suspicions. Kandy Escotto began noticing last year that her 5-year-old son Aaron was going through some behavioral changes and resisting going to kindergarten at Banyan Elementary school. “He was behaving super weird,” Escotto told local TV station WPLG. “He didn’t want to go to school. He would cry when he knew he needed to go to school.”

One night, when she was helping little Aaron with his homework, she said, he remarked to her that he is a “bad boy,” a comment that perplexed Escotto.

“I said, ‘Aaron, why do you say that?’ He said, ‘That’s what my teacher tells me when I do my work,'” she recalled. Escotto, worried her son was being bullied by his own teacher, said she brought her concerns to school administrators, but claimed she was ignored. So, she decided to get some evidence on her own and hid a recording device in Aaron’s backpack for four days, according to WSVN. She then listened to 32 hours of audio footage and was stunned at what the recording captured.

Escotto and her attorney, Raphael Lopez, said Aaron’s teacher could be heard on the tape berating the young student, calling him a “loser” and verbally abusing other students. At one point, Escotto and Lopez said the tape reveals, Suarez can be heard telling Aaron that his mother is driving him crazy.

“It was shocking to me because I knew something was going on, but I didn’t know it was that bad,” Escotto said. “I cried and cried. Then, I understood his behavior.”

She is demanding the Miami-Dade school district fire the teacher, Rosalba G. Suarez. But Suarez is a 33-year veteran with a sterling record as a teacher. She was even named teacher of the last year, for the 2016-2017 school year, The Miami Herald reported. So far, the school district has not taken any disciplinary action against Suarez and when Suarez was reached on the phone by a Miami Herald reporter, she abruptly hung up. Aaron has been moved to another class and the district has said disciplinary action is possible if the allegations are proven to be true.

Escotto said she had a meeting with Suarez and the teacher denied having bullied Aaron and accused Escotto of lying.

“For me to hear the things that she was saying to him,” Escotto said. “She picked him out, she singled him out, she humiliated him in front of the whole class. She talked about me in front of him. No 5-year-old should be able to go through that. That affected my family, affected him.”

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