Teacher bullies students, parents allege

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Audio picked up in a video taken inside a classroom here allegedly records a teacher threatening to harm a student.

“Me and him. One on one. When I punch him right in his face and break that glass in his eye.”

Cynthia Brown said her son took the video, which allegedly captures a moment in her child’s 8th-grade class at Duggan Elementary School.

Brown identifies the teacher as Ms. MaryLou Addona, who, according to school officials, is a 17-year veteran of the district and one of three 8th-grade teachers at Duggan.

“She humiliated the child,” Brown said. “She bullied the child and I feel that was not right.”

Ellise Vasquez said she also has a child in Addona’s class and she worries for his well-being.

“She’s just targeting kids in the classroom,” Vasquez said. “Every day there’s a new student that she’s targeting.”

Duggan principal Patricia Frageau declined to comment. Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Ouellette initially said no one had yet approached Addona but then clarified saying human relations had spoken with her.

“We certainly will be reviewing this matter,” Ouellette said. “We’re taking it very seriously … We will be speaking momentarily.”

Meanwhile, Brown and Vasquez said it was months ago when their children first came to them with the bullying and name-calling allegations. They say it wasn’t until they heard the audio that they believed it.

“I don’t want her fired because I know the economy is very hard to find a job and … that type of thing on your record,” Brown said. “I just want her to have to pay for what she said to those children.”

Josh Scheinblum reporting

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