December 18, 2014

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Elyria teacher reprimanded after comments recorded

ELYRIA — A longtime Elyria teacher has been reprimanded after a parent’s voicemail recorded the teacher’s rant aimed at the mother and her 7-year-old son.

Kindergarten teacher Marci Yingling called parent Ashley Moore about her son, but did not reach the parent and left a message on her voicemail. She hoped to talk with the parent about classroom issues and documents that the parent requested.

“But she neglected to hang up the phone, so the line stayed open,” Superintendent Paul Rigda said. “She was frustrated, venting to another colleague while the phone was not in the cradle. The mother’s voicemail recorded the ranting and remarks.”

Yingling can be heard calling the student a baby and saying he has no common sense and the mother probably still wipes his rear end.

Rigda and Crestwood Elementary School Principal Megan Pacione both called Moore to apologize on behalf of the district.

“There is no excusing what happened,” Rigda said. “We know it was hurtful to hear. I can’t undo it or make it go away, but I am certainly sorry.”

The incident took place late last week.

Rigda said the district has addressed the matter.

“This is not what we do. It’s our job to take students where they are and how they are and do the best, all the while getting the parents on board as our partner,” he said.

The teacher has since attempted to apologize to Moore, but Rigda said the parent does not want to speak with her — something he said is understandable.

Moore has withdrawn her son from Elyria Schools.

A letter of reprimand was placed in Yingling’s personnel file.

The letter called the behavior inappropriate and said any future actions of similar nature could result in additional discipline, up to and including termination.

Rigda said Yingling is apologetic and the actions are not in line with her tenure with Elyria Schools.

“We have had no complaints until this incident,” he said. “She apologized, accepted the written warning and signed it, knowing it will be there until she retires. She is also embarrassed that this has tarnished the image of Crestwood and Elyria Schools.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.