Parent Assaults Teacher at John Muir Elementary School in Martinez

March 26, 2012 · 57 comments

A parent walked into a classroom on Friday at John Muir Elementary School in Martinez, and assaulted a teacher, according to the Assistant Superintendent of the Martinez Unified School District.

The following letter was sent home to all parents & guardians with children the school:

Good evening. This is Rick Rubino, Assistant Superintendent for the Martinez Unified School District.

On Friday, March 23 an incident occurred at John Muir Elementary School while Mrs. Edmonds 5th grade class was in the computer lab with Mrs. Edmonds substitute, Mrs. Young, and Mr. Romo the Technology Specialist.

At approximately 2:20 PM a parent of a student in that class entered the computer lab and verbally abused and pushed Mr. Romo several times.  Mrs. Hawker immediately contacted me. Minutes later Director C. J. Cammack and I arrived at the school along with officers from the Martinez Police Department to respond to the incident.

While we greatly regret that this incident took place in the presence of the children we want the John Muir community to know that we are pursuing this case to the fullest extent of the law.  The district will be requesting that the Martinez Police Department and the District Attorney’s office consider this as a high priority case.

Additionally, a counseling session will be held on Monday, March 26 with Mrs. Edmond’s class and the district will make every legal effort to restrict this parent’s presence on the John Muir campus.

Claycord Note: Martinez Police Chief Gary Peterson says the case is still under investigation, and since it involves a minor, they will not be releasing any details at this time, including why the parent confronted the teacher.

1 J. March 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I wonder what the parent was allegedly upset about?

2 the only reason...... March 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

a parent should only do that is if there was evidence they(the parents child) was being sexually abused by the teacher so if thats not the case im wondering what is

3 huey9k March 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Now hold on just a second. I understand it is wrong to run up on as teacher and start a ruckus. I don’t condone that. But it seems to me, Mr. Mayor, that you aren’t giving as much information as maybe you should. Why was the parent in the classroom? What was the motivation for a parent to start a fight?

Personally, I would have held onto the information printed here until I had some part of the other half of the story.

Sensationalism is not to be respected.

4 clong March 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Stay classy, Claycord!

5 thaughtfull March 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

i hope more information surfaces up in the next couple of hours.

6 anthony March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

C. J. Cammack = BEST TEACHER EVER!!

7 Jill Kiar March 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I wish my mom had done that once or twice. Since we don’t have all the info, its hard to judge.

8 CHHRISTINE March 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I think it’s odd that when my son was assualted by his teacher the school did nothing except protect the teacher. And when I was assualted by a teacher in front of about 20 elementary students it was settled pretty quickly and privately.
But a parent assualts a teacher and the police consider it the highest priority. I would like to know what angered this parent enough to actually push the teacher.

9 Spraythenaim March 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

@ Huey9k

This is not sensationalizing anything, this is sharing the news that the mayor received. Almost every story has information that is disclosed, or unknown but if every story that withheld information wasn’t reported until all the info was there, there would be NO news.

If there’s a hit n run, often we don’t know who the driver is or WHY they left, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have a right to know. Huey, keep your ignorance to yourself please.

10 mike mac March 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

A counseling session? How about: Kids, don’t do what that jackass did. It is a poor example of citizenship and will land you in jail.

11 J. March 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

An elementary school teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school.

“If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I will promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home”

12 Nick March 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I have to agree with a couple of the previous comments. We are definitely missing alot of info here. Not that I am saying that there are very many scenarios that would make this acceptable but, there are a couple I can think of that would make me think differently.

13 ana March 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I really don’t see why people think we need to hear the parent’s side of the story. He did this in front of the students. I don’t care what motivated the assault; he had no right to involve other people’s children.

14 H March 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Someone mentioned this incident last week – probably a parent from that school. I think they mentioned a cell phone being taken away but I’m not sure if they were speculating or if they actually knew what happened.

15 brig March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

J..In what warped world do you live in?

16 I have to wonder if Mr. Romeo March 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

was messing around with Mrs. Parental Assault. Or the children of Mr. Parental Assault. I am sure it will all become clear soon.

17 I have to wonder if Mr. Romeo March 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

was messing around with Mrs. Parental Assault. Or the children of Mr. Parental Assault.

I am sure it will all become clear soon.

18 Troy March 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Most parents today are a joke!! When I was a kid people used to listen to adults and actually punish children. Now everyone is so quick to say “Oh not my little angle” When you look around these days very few of these kids are “little angels”!!

19 sam March 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

No matter the provocation, it is an adult’s responsibility, to always set the appropriate example/action, for the children to learn/follow; to always handle, even the most difficult and provocative of situations in a mature, emotionally controlled and PROCEDURAL manner. Thank you.

20 mom of 5th grader at John muir March 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

It was over Mr Romo taking her child’s cell phone. My son carries his cell phone to that school AND into the computer lab everyday. He has NEVER had his phone taken away. This child’s phone must have caused a disruption to the class. Mr Romo is awsome. So now that the facts are out, I am curious to see the comments.

21 TinFoiler March 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

It’s allegedly over the student using a cell phone during class.
Need cell phone jammers in the classrooms.

22 Samrox March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

There is no reason a parent should come in and assault a teacher especially infront of their child let alone infront of their whole class! As a teacher there are many other avenues available to take up a problem with a teacher! Hello, the principle for one thing! Could have been a lot less messier!

23 Thomas Clarke March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

From the way the story is written, Mrs. Edmonds substitute, Mrs. Young who is apparently a certificated employee was not assaulted and Mr. Romo the Technology Specialist who is not certificated was assaulted. Sounds like the headline is not quite right. That being said the helicopter parent needs to have a major police and judicial attitude adjustment. Leave the staff alone. If you have an issue, take it up with the Principal and the School Board. If that does not work then get serious and get a life.

24 what the heck March 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM

My grandson was having an asthma attack at recess and I had been working in the library and he stopped me to tell me he couldn’t breathe. I told him to tell his teacher. He did and she did nothing. After school when my daughter came to pick him up I told her what had happened and pointed with my finger at the teacher. I had CPD at my house with 30 minutes telling me I was going to be arrested on a felony for pointing at a teacher. The teacher felt threatened. So if you ever confront a teacher sit on your hands, don’t raise your voice,and smile.

25 Tree Farm March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I agree with ana #14. The parent may have had all kinds of good reasons… but not in front of the kids!!!

26 black man March 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Add Martinez to be the NEW Oakland, Pittsburg, Antioch and Richmond. LOL

27 Anon March 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Stories like this make me thankful for great private schools in this area! Am glad Christine is not a room mom either, scary.

28 Meemo March 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

It certainly doesn’t make you want to be a teacher. It does make you want to be a parent who thinks before he acts, whatever the issue.

29 babycita March 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

That must have been very frightening for the teacher and the kids as well. I cannot believe a parent would choose to handle a situation like that, that is shameful.

30 Killjoy March 26, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Why does a 5th grader have/need a cell phone?

31 someone March 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

all I can say is I know who the parent was, and most likely it was provoked.

32 Anonymous March 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

it is unfair that teachers have to live in fear of pyscho parents. teachers have to put up with so much crap it is unreal. i hope this “parent” (i use the term parent loosely, as this lowlife sounds anything but adult-like) is outted so we all know who this scumbag is.

adults are extinct.

33 Anonymous March 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

@33 yeah, right. this “parent” is such a victim to interrupt a classroom and assult a teacher. *sarcarsm

34 @whattheheck March 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

@whattheheck Absolutely nothing about your version of the story makes me believe you. If my grandson told me he couldn’t breathe, I certainly wouldn’t tell him to tell his teacher and go on with my day. I would immediately excuse myself for an emergency and get my grandson to the school nurse, to his medication or sign him out to get to the closest local ER. Seems like you are a pretty irresponsible grandparent for hearing your grandchild tell you they can’t breathe and being more worried about your library duty than your grandchild’s lungs.

“I had CPD at my house with 30 minutes telling me I was going to be arrested on a felony for pointing at a teacher. The teacher felt threatened.” … Huh??? CPD threatened to arrest you for casually pointing at a teacher. You must think we all are donkeys!!

35 Troy March 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I can not believe the 5th grader had their cell phone taken away!! What is this world coming to?? I hope this teacher wasn’t trying to teach!!

36 Fred March 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

We teach our children how to behave in the real world by showing them how we FOLLOW THE RULES. No cell phones in class means … well, pretty much NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS! Every kid has an excuse “well I was just … oh it was only … just really quick … ” Clearly teachers have a no tolerance policy for a reason.

I don’t give a crap why the kid was on the phone or who he/she was on the phone with … NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS means exactly what it says …. NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS. Excuse yourself to the office for an urgent need and inform the office staff that there is an emergency and you need to immediately call your parents. But don’t ever expect to make a phone call on your own personal terms without asking your teacher first!

BTW, great example of a parent leading by example! Sounds like quite a looney toon if he/she went crazy in a classroom of 30 kids, verbally & physically assaulting a teacher in front of the entire class. Need parenting classes perhaps??? A CPS visit maybe?? Oh, what about a little jail time??

37 Pleasant Jenny March 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

This is disgusting. @ Troy and Fred you are so right. They tell you at “Back to school night” that they will take your child’s cell phone away if caught using it during class. But this parent probably did not attend that night for some reason or another. Loser parents and spoiled children everywhere. Not mine. I am the meanest Mommy in the whole wild world. Especially when hormonal. But even I with all of this female hormone crap would not go after a teacher. This dude is a loser. I see that an update is posted so I will go there now.

38 Anon March 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

In an emergency you call the office. I hope they throw the book at the parent Do they still use books in school?

39 madeinthebay March 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Couldn’t agree more with Killjoy!!

WHY ON EARTH DO THESE CHILDREN NEED CELL PHONES AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE?!?!?!?! PARENTS, MAKE A PLAN BEFORE SCHOOL FOR AFTER SCHOOL. IN THE EVEN OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL THE SCHOOL, JUST LIKE IT HAS BEEN DONE FOR THE PAST MANY, MANY DECADES!

children these days rely too much on technology. no wonder so many are suffering from obesity.

40 ANONYMOUS March 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

There is no emergency a 5th grader can help you with for goodness sakes! If it is a family emergency, or last minute you need to pick up, or you forgot to tell the school about an appointment, #40 is right, you call the office.

41 Googlar March 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

TinFoiler ease up on the passive aggressive comments people might take you seriously.

We don’t need cell jammers in schools.

When I went to high school the year before me was allowed to leave campus and get food from restaurants at lunch. My year had closed down campus. By the time I left there was a video camera everywhere watching everyone. Now just throw in a metal detector, a cell phone jammer, and a zero tolerance policy. (JK, don’t).

42 ANONYMOUS March 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

My kids didn’t get cell phones until they hit middle school and would be walking home without a parent. Until then my kids were not unsupervised or without an adult so there was no reason for a cell. And there is no data plan. Strictly calling for emergency.

43 H March 27, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Quit worrying about why a 5th grader has a cell phone! It is beyond the point! My daughter (6th grade) has had one for years and it has come in very handy. Parents with multiple kids who need to be dropped off at various sports practices, church functions etc just feel SAFER when their child has a phone and can contact them any time. Of course, my daughter has been told very clearly NEVER to use her phone at school – If she did I would be on the side of the school, not her. This has never happened though.

44 H March 27, 2012 at 4:54 AM

P.S. Grandma’s story above sounds like a crock of crap!

45 huey9k March 27, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Hey, Spraythenaim –

Only publishing half the story, about an incident that IS incendiary, and WILL garner a lot of comments… how is that not sensationalism?

Educate me.

I dare you.

46 CJ March 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Huey9k, when we were attacked on 9/11, immediate reports went out that a private plane had hit the WTC. Should the media have waited until the towers collapsed so they could report the whole story? That would probably have helped the terrorists that had control of Flight 93 reach their ultimate goal and kill far more infidels.

47 anonamiss March 27, 2012 at 7:55 AM

@ Anonamom, you are what is wrong with society. Our children learn from how we handle the world. Kicking butt is not the answer, save that for the local pedophile not the teacher.
Also, if your child does not have the verbal skills to ask the teacher to assist or help him/her with an issue then how in the world do you expect the teacher to come to your child’s aid. Bullying the teacher is not the answer.
You are one sad lady…….

48 huey9k March 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

lol. Right, It was the media that stopped the flight 93 hijackers. Thank god for cnn; if they hadn’t run whatever story, the passengers on 93 would never’ve heard. It wasn’t the civilians on the ground, it wasn’t the manly as f*ck passengers who went balls out and derailed the hijackers, it was good ol fox news.

Pardon me while I laugh at you, CJ

49 kiyyap March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

What I saw in the ‘9/11 Tapes’, Air Traffic Control and NORAD were both watching CNN after the first plane and before the other 3 crashed.

50 CJ March 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“After the hijackers took control of the plane, several passengers and flight attendants were able to make telephone calls and learn that attacks had been made on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. Some of the passengers then made an attempt to regain control of the aircraft”
“Jeremy Glick called his wife at 09:37:41 from row 27 and told her the flight was hijacked by three dark-skinned men that looked “Iranian”, wearing red bandanas and wielding knives. Glick remained connected until the end of the flight.He reported that the passengers voted whether to “rush” the hijackers.”
So I guess if the media at the time was still only reporting that the WTC was burning for some unknown reason, the passengers would still have voted to rush the hijackers rather than hope they would land somewhere and make demands.

OK, since your feeble mind wasn’t able to grasp the concept in the first example, I’ll simplify. Suppose that there is a suspicious package sitting on your front porch, and you’re not home. Would you rather Claycord report the presence of the suspicious package, or wait until the investigation is done and your family is blown to bits? Would that absolve Claycord from any “sensationalistic” reporting?
I wish I could say “there, you’ve been educated”, but that would be a fool’s errand. If you don’t like the way Claycord reports local events/news, don’t read it. I’m sure the porn sites you frequent have places that you can post comments.

Pardon me while I pity your ignorance.

51 Sunhine March 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I am a mother of a child in John Muir Elem.. It is not a bad school. What happened there was a very unfortunate episode of lack of tact and respect. For one If a child has a cell phone they should have it off during school hours and put away to where no one see’s it. Two, a parent should always display a good attitude and respect towards others as a good example to their children. I believe that others on here who are trash talkin our school and town need to look deeper into where they live and open their eyes to what is going on into their own childrens schools and city where they live. Its a fact that there is ugly everywhere you live but this does not set the example on how our school is.

52 Got to be kidding March 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

@26 whattheheck, if your story is true at all you are one of the worst grand parents ever and shouldn’t be allowed around children. Your grandson said he can’t breathe and you tell him to run along and tell someone else. ?!?! Did you also make sure to tell him he better not collapse before he gets there?

53 Just sayin March 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I have a Grand daughter who attends John Muir and is in Kindergarten. The teacher has 30 5 year olds to contend with daily, and its a huge responsibilty. What we need is more retired folks, Grand parents and anyone who has some time, to come in and HELP in the class rooms. These teachers are dealing with all kinds of children, different levels, different personalities and different ways of communicating with other children. It is very hard to have control of these children, and to educate them, which is the pourpose of them being there at all. Yes, the parent was wrong in her handeling of the situation, but more and more we see people coming unraveled for no reason. Thank God no one was seriously injured, it could have been much worse. Join in and lend a hand.

54 huey9k March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Wow, talk about missing the point… or being an alarmist. You’re comparing a the reporting of a parent assaulting a teacher to 9/11?

What I’m trying to say, is that, yes, telling us only that a parent assaulted a teacher in a school, without giving us any more detail than that, IS SENSATIONALISM. Show some sense and get more info before you hand your readers a half ass story. To compare this issue to 9/11 is ignorance on a MASSIVE scale. Seeing as how the next update was published a mere 3.5 hours later, and there were no world changing implications here, what would the harm have been in waiting. It’s not like Mr. Mayor needs the readers; his blog is one of the best. So what’s with the shoddy attempt at sensational advertising?

Fool’s errand, indeed. What have you educated recently?

55 CJ March 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Ignorance is saying that I’m comparing the teacher assault to 9/11. Anyone with a modicum of reading comprehension would understand that I am comparing the REPORTING of news events the way it is done on Claycord to the way you would like them to be done.
My kid is done with his Dick and Jane books. I’ll send them to The Mayor and ask him to forward them to you. See if you can noodle them out.

56 Me March 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I was informed today from an office staffer that the incident stemed from the fact that the male student was trying to use his cell phone in class, something that of course your not supposed to do. He was on the phone with his mom when the phone was taken away. The African-American mom showed up in class and started shouting & pushing the teacher around. I can tell you that my kids have been going to this school for 5 years, and I have never heard of an incident like this at our school, I’m glad that the police are keeping her away from the school, she sounds like she has a very short fuse!.

57 Leigh March 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

@ CJ – don’t worry. Most of us get your point – and it was a good one too.

@ Me # 58 – My child also goes to this school and I have another one who will start John Muir next year. You’re right, nothing like this has happened before and it is a fine school. I hear though that the parent is only banned from campus for 14 days. Makes me worried that she can come back in 2 weeks.

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