By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
The San Benito News received a tip Tuesday evening about a video depicting a female electives teacher, who students commenting on the condition of anonymity have identified as a Ms. Parades, speaking in Spanish to ninth graders at Veterans Memorial Academy about her relationship with God.
The teacher in the video, which has since been taken down, makes statements such as, “I am married to God, and I don’t know what’s going to happen to my husband that’s here (on earth),” and “One of my eyes is mine and the other one belongs to God, so God is watching what you all are doing.”
One female student is shown in the video walking up to the teacher and staring into her eyes. Afterwards, the teacher then walks toward the back of the class and curiously holds her stomach.
The male student capturing the incident on video can be heard mocking his teacher throughout the 12-minute recording. The footage stops when an administrator, who as of yet has not been identified, entered the classroom and escorted the teacher out.
When asked to confirm the teacher’s identity in the video, San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón referred the News to a statement prepared by Community Relations Director Celia Longoria.
The statement reads:
“An incident involving a San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy teacher remains under review by campus and district officials.
Students in the classroom alerted other school personnel who responded by escorting the teacher out of the classroom during the recent incident.
San Benito CISD wants to assure the parents that a replacement teacher has been assigned to fulfill the classroom duties of the teacher in question and will remain there for the remainder of the school year.
The issue in question is considered a personnel matter, therefore, the district is not at liberty to disclose any additional information or divulge specific details about the district’s specific course of action.”
School officials have yet to comment on whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the teacher in the video, which can be seen below.
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