Parents Allege Abuse at New DISD Elementary

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 6:43 PM CDT
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Parents and students at Ebby Halliday Elementary in Dallas say the staff is physically and verbally abusive and put kids in danger on school bus routes.

Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News

Parents and students at Ebby Halliday Elementary in Dallas say the staff is physically and verbally abusive and put kids in danger on school bus routes.

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Dozens of parents say their children have sustained physical and emotional abuse by teachers and other students at Ebby Halliday Elementary School.

About 60 parents gathered Friday afternoon to share stories and organize complaints about the far Southeast Dallas school.

"We have children, they are emotionally afraid," parent Debbie Martinez said.

Parents say buses have left students outside locked school doors and that parents were locked out of the school when they tried to get answers.

"We don't know what to do," Carmen Sauceda said. "We're desperate."

She said parents were excited about the school at first but have since gone back to their children's old schools to try to arrange transfers.

"You can see the moms going to the other school, begging, crying, to the principal saying, 'Please let my kids stay at this school,'" Sauceda said.

The elementary named for the Dallas real estate icon opened at 10210 Teagarden Road near Interstate 20 and Highway 175 in August.

Parents said Ebby Halliday school officials have given them insults and excuses but not solutions.

"This is a very egregious violation," said Michael Gonzales, of the Hispanic Leadership Forum. "This is not acceptable to the Hispanic community. We intend to go visit the superintendent and demand justice, and these people are going to be held accountable."

Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander said in a statement that the district is reviewing the allegations.

"Interim Superintendent Alan King met with a group of parents earlier this week, and staff is working to resolve the issues as soon as possible," he said. "Sometimes, in these cases, school staff members are placed on leave until a review can be completed."

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