ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Kevin Johnson, a Round Rock Independent School District trustee running for re-election, is calling a video appearing to show an administrator tossing a 14-year-old special education student into a cool down room “unfortunate.”
Johnson’s public statement comes after tensions ran high at a school board meeting where the student’s mother Tatiana Alfano spoke during public comment about her concerns with how restraint was being used on campus.
“I am horrified that any student would be treated poorly by any education professional or staff member,” Johnson said in a statement to KXAN. “Unfortunate as this incident is, it has to be a call to action to ensure the needs of all students are being met.”
Johnson said he is not speaking for the board but as a candidate and a parent.
At the meeting Thursday, Alfano used her two minutes of public comment. After her time was up, she continued to read her speech and was told her time was up. Some board members wanted to let her finish, others did not, and the meeting went into recess.
Alfano attempted to finish her speech in front of KXAN’s cameras. Board President Amber Feller stepped in and asked to speak with Alfano, who said she would after she finished reading her speech.
KXAN has reached out to every RRISD school board member. Trustee Danielle Weston said she did not have a comment on the video or Thursday’s meeting.
The Texas Education Agency said the State Board of Educator Certification has been investigating the administrator for misconduct, although the agency said it could not share the nature of the investigation. The agency received a report about the educator in May.
Round Rock ISD officials said the administrator is still employed and working on administrative projects at the central office but is no longer assigned to the campus where the incident happened.
Round Rock ISD said its investigation into the incident is complete, but said the outcome is a confidential personnel matter.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also received a report against the employee in May and found no evidence of abuse, according to a DFPS report.