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Parent says teacher at San Elizario High slapped her son; Months later, nothing has been done

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO COUNTY, Texas -- A woman alleges that a teacher at San Elizario High School slapped her son months ago and said the school did nothing about it.

Desperate to find help before her son graduates, she brought her concerns to Wednesday's school board meeting.

With supporters by her side, Marta Aguirre made her way to San Elizario ISD's central office to tell her son's story.

"I'm frustrated because they don't do anything. There's no control at the school," Aguirre said.

She said her son was hit by a teacher at San Elizario High School back in November and shows KFOX 14 the incident report filed with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

"Time passed and they were supposed to talk to me, the police told me they'd talk to me, but they never did. So I went back (to the school) and they said the principal of the school had closed the case," Aguirre said.

As a last-ditch effort, Aguirre brought her concerns to the Board of Trustees Wednesday evening.

"This is the first time that I've heard these concerns and as you saw a little while ago, this is the first time that our board and our superintendent has heard these concerns," said Cynthia Marentes, San Elizario ISD spokeswoman.

Marentes said not much can be done at the board meetings but there is another avenue Aguirre can take.

"If she's not satisfied that her concerns were not properly heard and she would like to speak with another person, then yes, she can come here to central office and our superintendent would meet with her," Marentes said.

Marentes said from there, the superintendent would conduct her own investigation.

Though months have passed, Aguirre is not giving up her fight.

"They haven't given the teacher any penalty, she's still there, no punishment," Aguirre said.

Aguirre told KFOX 14 she plans on taking the boards advice and meeting with the superintendent.