Lynchburg, VA - Some parents and even the PTO President at Dearington Elementary School are very upset with a teacher. They allege that one of the third grade teachers subjected her classroom of kids to a lie detector test after candy went missing.
Dearington's been making headlines all week. Tuesday, ABC 13 reported that the principal at Dearington was demoted; Wednesday, this lie detector test. But we want to be very clear, this alleged lie detector incident happened before the principal at Dearington was demoted. In fact, it happened almost one month ago on Valentine's Day.
Some Dearington parents, including PTO President Kelly Brown-Hampton, say one teacher at Dearington Elementary school should lose her job.
"She needs to be let go; she needs to be terminated," said Brown-Hampton.
Here's what parents say happened: On Valentine's Day, Brown-Hampton says third graders were celebrating. There had been candy in the classroom, but some went missing. To figure out where the candy went, parents say the teacher whipped out a cellphone, used a lie detector application and made every third-grader take it.
Third-grader Stephon Smith was not happy.
"How did you feel about taking the test?" we asked Smith. "Scared," said Smith. "Why did you feel scared?" we asked. "Because I thought it was going to be me," said Smith.
"I was scared because what if it came back and said I did it when I really didn't," said Zimeyia Alexander, a third-grade student.
The kids' parents aren't happy either. Furious, in fact, saying their kids were given a lie detector test without their knowledge.
"She should have called the parents and let them know what was going on before she done it, but she didn't do that," said Regina Alexander, a parent.
"I just figure that something else could have been done besides give the kids a lie detector test," said Nakida Henry.
Henry spoke with the teacher. According to Henry, the teacher said the lie detector was all in good fun, even the kids' idea. School administration will not comment, saying it's a personnel issue.
"That's something that belongs at a jail. My kids are not in jail. They are at a school. They're here to be educated, not to be considered criminals where they have to take a lie detector test about candy," said Henry.
The PTO President is concerned, saying incidents like this one have parents losing trust in the school. Once again, school administration is choosing not to comment about this story, saying it's a personnel issue.