A mother in Fort Bend Independent School District is considering legal action after a substitute teacher allegedly assaulted her son. 

The mother, Joan Guerra, filed a report with Fort Bend ISD claiming that a substitute teacher hit her son with a wooden ruler at Lake Olympia Middle School. 

The teacher’s name has not been made public.

“You watch a lot of the news, and you never expect it to be your own child,” Guerra told KPRC 2. 

Her son claims that the teacher hit him because she used to get hit with paddles at school. 

“I was like why did she hit me,” he said. “We was just talking, I thought everything was cool and that’s where she started talking about how she used to get hit with paddles back in the day when she was going through school.”

He explained the teacher then approached his table and attempted to hit his friend with the ruler. The friend quickly moved before she could strike him, and the teacher walked away.

Guerra’s son then said the teacher came back to the table and hit him on the head. 

“I just feel like there was no point in her hitting me, all I was doing was just talking,” he said.

After Guerra learned of the incident, she raised her concerns with school administrators. 

“I said I would like to press charges because at no point should anyone outside of myself, and not even me be putting hands on my son,” said Guerra.

Fort Bend ISD issued a statement saying there is an ongoing investigation into the incident. 

Campus administrators at Lake Olympia Middle School learned yesterday that a new substitute teacher allegedly struck a few students with a ruler during a class period. As soon as campus leaders heard the allegation, they contacted our FBISD police department, human resources, and CPS. The district’s investigation is ongoing and should conclude early next week. The substitute is no longer on campus. School leaders are in communication with the parents and students who were directly involved in the incident.

Teachers around the state are being caught and charged with crimes against children, and more “bad apples” are being charged almost daily. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.