Crimes cause Walnut Creek parents to fear for students’ safety

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several parents of Walnut Creek Elementary School children plan to demonstrate outside the school Monday morning.  They are petitioning to get a new administration at the school.

Arthur Rodriguez, the treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association, said frustration with how the school is operated has boiled over.

“Parents are angry,” Rodriguez said. “They put in an administration that does not know how to handle day-to-day problems.”

Rodriguez has collected more than 44 signatures on a petition to remove the current administrators at Walnut Creek Elementary. A group of parents spoke to KXAN on Friday and said their pleas to the district have gone unanswered. Their grievances include claims the administration does not treat their teachers or students in a fashion which creates a good learning environment. Most of the parents are upset about the interim principal, who was installed in July. Concerns about grades, safety, and communication have also gone unanswered according to those parents.

“It has been escalating, and escalating, and escalating,” said parent Rosie Vasquez.

The group plans on coming to the school to demonstrate their dissatisfaction on Monday.

“We are not protesting, but advocating for our children,” said Rodriguez.

The parents said tensions have long been brewing at Walnut Creek. In 2014, a teacher was arrested for sexually assaulting a student. One year later, a bus driver was also arrested for a similar crime. An assistant principal resigned shortly after the bus driver was arrested.

Austin ISD said area superintendents have received the complaints and plan on meeting with parents next week to reach some kind of compromise.

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