The incident reportedly happened Feb. 5 at Inter-American Magnet School in Lakeview after the boy, Julius Rosero, acted out with his cousin in class. Natalie Martinez reports.
A Chicago family is demanding a teacher be disciplined for the slap they say she gave their 9-year-old son.
The incident reportedly happened Feb. 5 at Inter-American Magnet School in Lakeview after the boy, Julius Rosero, acted out with his cousin in class.
"She grabbed my head and went like that," the boy recalled Thursday, demonstrating how he says his teacher struck him.
School administration documented the alleged incident and called the boy's parents.
"I was just in shock. I felt like this was something you hear on the news in a different state somewhere," said mother Linda Reyes.
Young Julius said he's been attending classes since the alleged altercation but said school hasn't been the same.
"I felt embarrassed," he said.
According to the Chicago Public Schools employee discipline manual, a teacher who uses physical force on a student can be punished or suspended without pay. Administrators say their investigation is over but so far haven't taken any action against the teacher, a fact that frustrates the family.
"Everybody gets disciplined if they make a mistake and this was a smack," said Patrick Rosero, the boy's father. "She smacked our son."
Attempts by NBC Chicago to reach the teacher and school administrators on Thursday were unsuccessful.