Rolling Hills teacher claims student attacked her

On Wednesday, a Rolling Hills Elementary teacher spoke exclusively to WAAY 31 about being attacked by a student, and as well as other violence and poor student behavior she's experienced in the classroom.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 10:32 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 11:26 PM

On Wednesday, a Rolling Hills Elementary teacher spoke exclusively to WAAY 31 about being attacked by a student, and as well as  other violence and poor student behavior she's experienced in the classroom. 

When WAAY 31 first started telling you about complaints at Rolling Hills, the then interim superintendent Tom Drake called it "fake news."

Since then, the district approved hiring two intervention tutors and a teacher for the elementary school.
In May, new superintendent Matt Akin told WAAY 31 "everything is on the table," and the school system is working on a behavioral learning guide.

However, at a recent meeting WAAY attended, program administrators admitted inconsistencies with implementation.

Now, this Rolling Hills Elementary school teacher is speaking out. 

"When this little boy started just whaling on this kid, I couldn't stand there and let it happen," said second grade teacher Carolyn Felkner. 

And Wednesday is a day Felkner simply wishes she could forget. 

"Administration would say you have to call somebody, but my gut reaction was I've got to stop it. I don't have time to call," Felkner said. "

Felkner teaches said that on Wednesday, she was viciously attacked by one of her students after trying to stop a fight between two that student and another student.

"I went up to the boy and said we are not going to hit anyone in this classroom," Felkner added. 

That's when she said -- the young boy turned on her.

" [I said] if you're going to hit anybody, it's going to be me," she said. "And then all of the sudden...he started kicking me, he started hitting me in the stomach, he hit my left breast, he hit my rib, he hit me in the head."

Felkner said called out to the hallway for help and requested someone call an ambulance.

When she turned around to come into the classroom -- she said someone tripped her and that's when she fell and hit her head.
But she said administrators insisted an ambulance wasn't needed and that she simply needed to be seen by the school nurse.

When we reached out to Huntsville City Schools for comment -- the district's public information officer told WAAY 31 that the district was notified of the incident at Rolling Hills today and is investigating it -- but would not comment any further at this time. 

I asked when the investigation would be completed. The district said within the next couple of days.

Felkner said this isn't the first time her classroom has gotten out of control and simply said the students aren't held accountable for their actions.

"I'm not getting any help with this....I can't even get them in a line to walk straight," Felkner said. "I take every suggestion that's been offered and it does no good." 

Felkner said she's speaking out because she wants the district to step up and provide justice for teachers at Rolling Hills.

"Everyone is afraid to speak because they are afraid of their jobs," said Felkner. 

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