Tracy Gallow, 50, and Ann Marie Shelvin, 44, have been arrested after bullying a child at Washington Elementary.
They threatened to fail students who did not fight one of their classmates. The student who was being victimized was only 11 years old.
The mother of the victim called the authorities back in February to let them know that a teacher was bullying her child. Unfortunately, when she first brought up the issue, she was told that they could not be responsible for that complaint and that she should speak to the school board.
After the bullying continued, she went back to the deputies this month.
These two grown teachers were hiding behind students to play out their sick games. The truth was discovered when a child was sent to the principal’s office, where she admitted that she was forced by Shelvin to start an altercation with her classmate.
Shelvin used grades and classroom help to manipulate these kids into bullying the other student, threatening that they would fail the 7th grade.
The mother of the student involved in the bullying told detectives that the incident had been going on since October of last year with her daughter being threatened by Shelvin to fight another student or Shelvin was going to fail her, the sheriff said. The mother stated that Shelvin was escorted off the school grounds and Tracy Gallow then took over the class. Gallow then started pulling, pushing and yelling at her daughter because she reported to the principal that Shelvin was making her and two of her other friends fight the 11 year old because Shelvin did not like her or her mother, the sheriff said. Detectives observed the school video footage and witnessed Gallow on two occasions pushing the juvenile student on the school bleachers stopping her from exiting the gym. During the interview, Gallow allegedly admitted to pushing the juvenile on the bleachers because she felt she was too upset to go start her testing. “Students should not have to attend school and be bullied especially by teachers that are there for their education, guidance and safety. The parents did the right thing, they reported it to the school board, and continued to monitor and talk to their children,” Guidroz said. “The bullying continued and they took the next step by contacting law enforcement again.” Superintendent Patrick Jenkins issued the following statement on the case: “The St. Landry Parish School System (SLPSS) is aware of and investigating the recent allegations involving an employee from Washington Elementary School. Wewant to assure the school community that we take reports of this nature very seriously and will do everything in our power to protect the health, safety and welfare of allstudents. Due to student privacy laws, SLPSS will not provide details regarding the student involved. There will be no further comment on the ongoing personnel investigation.”