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Petitioning Cumberland County Schools Fayetteville, NC Betty Musselwhite Associate Superintendent of Schools and 4 others

Terminate Teachers Bullying Students

I would like to bring to your attention an incident that took place at Gray's Creek Middle School on October 17, 2011. My son, Dawson Gibbs was assaulted in his gym class by his teacher, Mrs. Dawn A Hoyt. Apparently there was a kickball game in progress and my son was in line to kick the ball, Mrs. Hoyt stated that she thought Dawson had already kicked and instructed him to move to the back of the line. Dawson either did not hear the guidance, which I believe to be the case as his hearing is sub-par, or he ignored her. Mrs. Hoyt then approached Dawson and gave the instruction again in which case he complied. On his way to the back of the line, Mrs. Hoyt purposely tripped Dawson either in an attempt to cause him physical harm or embarrass him. She succeeded in the latter. Mrs. Hoyt has admitted these facts in my presence and that of the vice principal, Mrs. Libby Rogers. Dawson immediately notified me of this incident after school and my husband and I immediately returned to the school to speak to the principal, Mrs. Sara Whitaker. When I explained the story to her she laughed in our face and told us there was no way that one of her teachers could commit such an action. She then passed off the investigation to the Mrs. Rogers as she would be absent the following day. Mrs. Hoyt admitted her wrong doing that night and then we met with her and the Mrs. Rogers the next day. Mrs. Hoyt stated that she had a bad day and did give a half hearted apology but this certainly does not excuse her actions. I'm sure it is not the policy of Cumberland County Schools for a bad day to result in such an egregious action to be taken against a student. As of today, Mrs. Hoyt is still teaching at the school, much to my dismay. I am absolutely appalled that my son still has to go to school and face this teacher every day. When we went in and spoke with Mrs. Whitaker again, her only suggestion was to remove Dawson from his physical education class. I don't feel like he should be punished by dropping his class because of a bullying teacher. I am extremely disturbed and demand action. I want Mrs. Dawn A Hoyt removed from her position as a educator, so she will no longer be allowed to abuse children in this disrespectful manner!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Cumberland County Schools Fayetteville, NC
    Betty Musselwhite Associate Superintendent of Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools Fayetteville, NC
    Frank Till Superintendent
  • Chairman, State Board of Education
    Bill Harrison
  • Assitant to the Associate Superintendent
    Marilyn H.
  • North Carolina Governor

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