By Zora Asberry
BIG SPRING - Kim Rios says that her 10-year-old son was sent home with bruises after being swatted by his teacher at Washington Elementary School. That same day, she claims, her son was sent home with a permission form that would allow the school to swat him. A form that she say's she never signed.
"They had called me from the school and said that he had gotten in trouble, that he wasn't listening and he was disturbing the other students and that he was in the principal's office. She was going to allow me to speak to him and she had asked about the swats, and I told her if the swats were necessary, that was fine. But at no point in time did I ever think it was going to be to that extent," said Rios.
Rios says when her son got home from school, she could tell that something wasn't right.
"I noticed how he was walking and he couldn't sit, so I asked him to show me. I know he was embarrassed also. As soon as he showed me, I was in shock, I was in complete shock," said Rios.
She immediately took her son to the emergency room to make sure that his tailbone wasn't bruised.
"The hospital couldn't believe it was from the school. They kept asking me if it was a relative, if the person at school was related to him, and I said no, it was a teacher and the people at the hospital were in disbelief also," said Rios.
Big Spring I.S.D sent NewsWest 9 a statement saying, "The Big Spring Independent School District administers corporal punishment only when we have written permission or verbal instruction from a parent or legal guardian to do so."
Although the parent gave verbal consent, she says she never filled out the permission form.
"I never filled this out, at no point and time have I filled this out. And the school called me first thing this (Wednesday) morning saying they needed it as soon as possible, but I told her they're not going to get it," said Rios.
Rios says if she knew that this would be the outcome, she would have never put her son through that.
"It's out of control, it's unnecessary for the kids to have to go through that. We send them to school to learn not to be sent home with bruises, that's just excessive force and it's unnecessary," said Rios.