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Petitioning Superintendent Cypress-Fairbank School District Dr. Mark Henry

Justice for Mrs. Hooda


RE: Justice for Mrs. Hooda

Dear Dr. Henry:

We are parents of Postma Elementary School's students and supporters for Mrs. Hooda, a Postma Elementary School teacher.

In late May 2013, Mrs. Hooda was removed from her class and was not allowed to be present at the 5th grade graduation ceremony due to the incident in her class. Furthermore, she will not teach fifth grade in the next school year. During the investigation, she was asked to stay in an isolated room doing nothing or she could only be at school before 8am or after 4pm.  She was banned from any contact with any students or parents as if she was a sex offender criminal.

We don’t agree with this decision and we believe that the parents that filed the complaint against Mrs. Hooda over-reacted and decision made against Mrs. Hooda was inappropriate. This decision was not fair and was not in the best interest of the students.  Mrs. Hooda had already apologized to all students. The two students whose moms were complaining came up to her after her apology. Their heads were bowed and had tears in their eyes. One of them said, "We aplogize Mrs.Hooda for causing this." She told them that she still loved them, they all make mistakes and but try not to repeat them. She encouraged them to hold their heads high and move on to a new chapter of life that is middle school. Principal and AP were with Mrs. Hooda in the room.

Our children are traumatized over what happened to their teacher. Many children were very upset at school, sobbing in the classroom, in the school's front office, on the bus ride home and continuing even more at home.  They loved their teacher and wanted her back.  Some of the parents emailed the school requesting her present at the fifth grade graduation ceremony but the request was ignored.  We don't want our children to feel insecure in their own school because their voices were not heard. And even more important, we don't want our children to feel hatred toward their classmates, the principal or their school.  

We sincerely request a school public apology to Mrs. Hooda for the inappropriate decision made against her.  And we also request the school district to re-evaluate its policy on teacher discipline so we can prevent similar incident from happening in the future.  We put our children's future in your hand and trust that you will take the right action in the best interest of the students.


Van Tran

17530 Driftwood Prairie Ln,

Houston, TX 77095




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