A Miami Dade, Florida teacher Diana Castella has told that she was recently fired by the school district after reporting an instance of a preteen student confiding that she was being sexually abused by her step father.
Prior to her termination, Castella was teaching part time for Brownsville Middle School‘s iPrep program when a student told the teacher that her ‘stepfather lays on top of her.’
Castella said she sought out another teacher’s advice because she was unsure of the school’s protocol before then reporting to a school counselor the following morning what the child had said the previous afternoon.
Reiterated the teacher via NBC 6: ‘Administrators and Miami-Dade County Public Schools don’t like snitchers. They like everything to be brushed under the rug.’
Nevertheless school administrator insist the woman had been investigated because the teacher ‘didn’t report the abuse soon enough.’
After having been confided to, Diana Castella is said to have allowed the student to go home to her allegedly abusive step-father before the teacher alerted authorities.
The girl was first questioned by the Department of Childhood Services without Castella in the room.
Castella said she was then let inside in the room, where she claims she heard the student confess that she had been molested by her step-father multiple times.
Police were contacted and the student’s father was arrested and charged with child molestation and lewd and lascivious conduct.
When Castella returned to school, she said she was called into the principal’s office and told she was under investigation by the school because she didn’t report the incident in a ‘timely manner’.
A spokesman for Miami-Dade County Schools told that school policy mandates that if someone in the district learns about a ‘potential abuse case’ they are ‘required to report it immediately’.
That though is not what Castella claims the principal told her, insisting that the principal told her that they had to let her go because the school could no longer afford to fund her particular position – not because of the investigation.
Since her termination, Castella believes she was fired for reporting what her student had told her, adding that her being let go had nothing to do with funds.
The teacher has since told she is ‘disgusted with the system’, which she says should be fighting to keep on board a teacher who ‘did the right thing’.
Adding: ‘”Administrators and Miami-Dade County Public Schools don’t like snitchers. They like everything to be brushed under the rug,”
‘I became a teacher for my students. I didn’t become a teacher to save the reputation of a school.’
‘I didn’t become a teacher to save the reputation of a school.’
Since the teacher’s termination, NBC asked MDCPS if any other teachers were also terminated because of lack of funds, whilst Castella has held that a minimum the school should have found a way to keep a teacher who did the right thing.
Then again perhaps the teacher was indeed fired for fear of contempt from other parents and the community that may have been directed at the school for having not reported her suspicions the afternoon of her discovery. Then again, perhaps the teacher has been laid as a sacrificial offering by the district in a bid to be seen behaving appropriately, never mind if it necessarily behaved appropriately in relation to one of their staff….