Update: Spring Happenings has reached out to Child Protective Services for comment, however, they have not responded to our request. Officials with The Goddard School Tomball state that a “full investigation was completed and there was determined to be no evidence to support the allegations.”
Spring, Texas – November 28th, 2016: A teacher at The Goddard School in Tomball has been suspended until further notice pending an ongoing investigation by the State of Texas Child Protective Services.
According to sources, a teacher was alone by herself in a classroom with the lights off, filled with students ages 3-4. The teacher was observed screaming and yelling at the children. The teacher then proceeded to grab two boys by their shoulder, lifting them approximately 3-4 feet in the air, and “chunking” them in line. The teacher was also seen pushing a girl with brute force. The parent that observed this incident immediately started knocking on the door and reported the incident to school officials.
“She literally pushed this little girl so hard, it was as if two grown men were fighting.”
Child Protective Services confirms that there is an open investigation. CPS states that their caseworkers will complete a full inspection to insure that proper disciplinary methods are being used. According to Subchapter L, Discipline and Guidance of Child Protective Service’s Minimum Standard Guidelines, section 746.2805 explains that the following types of discipline and guidance or punishment are prohibited: (1) corporal punishment or threats of corporal punishment, (2) Punishment associated with food, naps, or toilet training, (3) Pinching, shaking, or biting a child, (4) hitting a child with a hand or instrument, (5) Putting anything in or on a child’s mouth, (6) Humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting, or yelling at a child, (7) Subjecting a child to harsh, abusive, or profane language, (8) Placing a child in a locked or dark room, bathroom, or closet with the door closed, and (9) Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for inappropriately long periods of time for the child’s age. Click here to read the complete “Minimum Standard Guidelines for Child-Care Centers”.
The parents of the students in that particular classroom were just notified this morning, Monday, November 28th, six days after the incident took place. Spring Happenings reached out to The Goddard School to ask why it took six days for the parents to be notified.
“I am to report to the state and I don’t need to be reporting to you.” Terri Elwood, Goddard School On-site Owner said.
The teacher that allegedly abused the children was seen back in the classroom with infants this morning. Following a call to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office and Child Protective Services, Elwood confirms that the teacher has now been sent home and has been suspended until further notice.
This incident is currently being investigated by Child Protective Services. Updates will be posted as they become available.