Students forced to punish each other?

HOUSTON North Forest ISD allows corporal punishment but only under certain circumstances and there are only a handful of people who can give it -- certainly not students at the request of their teachers as two mothers are claiming.

Though second graders Jade and Sanaa don't go to the same school anymore, they are still great friends. They know the same games, but their mothers say they also know the same punishment.

Mother Sharman Jones said, "The girls jump on the girls and the boys jump on the boys."

That's how Jones and Teresa Michael describe how two first grade teachers at North Forest ISD's AG Hilliard would discipline their students.

"She had other children doing the disciplining for her," Theresa Michael said.

Michael says it happened to her daughter in the last week of school last year. She was misbehaving, so the teacher sent her across the hall to the other teacher's classroom, who then she says left the students to do her dirty work.

"They hit her. They beat her. They punched her," Michael said. "They slapped her. They pulled her hair." Michael

Michael says she complained to the district and then started doing her own investigating. That's how she met Jones, whose daughter Sanaa admitted to not only being a victim herself at one time, but also to victimizing.

Jones said, "She said this is what they've been making us do every day. If somebody gets in trouble, we have to jump on them."

The district declined an on camera interview and instead provided a short statement: "We are aware of the allegations and it is currently under investigation with the North Forest Police Department."

One of the teachers is no longer with the district due to certification issues, but one is still in the classroom teaching.

"This woman has no business teaching," Michael said. "She shouldn't be around children."

Because of that, Sanaa transferred, and Jade left the district altogether.

Michael said, "I don't trust them with my child."

But they're still friends. We are not naming the teachers because they have not been charged with a crime. Since this happened last year, you may be wondering why this investigation is taking so long. The district says the summer break prevented them from questioning students. The mothers aren't satisfied with that answer. They tell Eyewitness News they are meeting with board members on Monday.

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