Parents use recorder to investigate what’s going on in kid’s class

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A couple says their son won’t be going back to an elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico after finding out how the teacher treats the child.

“I don’t see any proper guidance, proper behavior, appropriate behavior,” Juliet Walker said about the Sierra Vista Elementary kindergarten teacher.

Last Tuesday and Friday, Walker and her husband placed a USB audio recorder in their child’s pocket and sent the 5-year-old, Alex, to school. Walker says she did it because her son was coming home each day seemingly agitated. The parents were also receiving notes from the teacher that Alex has behavioral issues.

Walker wanted to use the recorder to get to the bottom of what was wrong in order to correct the behavioral issues, she said. But when she and her husband, Blake, listened to the two recordings, both six hours long, they were surprised and angered by what they heard.

At one point, Alex is heard continually asking for help cleaning his hands. Finally, an adult voice is heard saying, “Just shut your mouth right now.”

“My hands are dirty,” Alex responds.

“I don’t care,” the adult voice says back.

The Walkers are sure that this adult is Alex’s teacher.

In the other recording, the same adult voice says something similar after Alex makes a remark about “not liking” another student.

“You know what, put your hand down, and if you don’t have something nice to say, keep your little mouth shut,” the voice says.

The recordings also capture that adult voice saying, “Alex is very rude.” The person tells the little boy he is acting like a baby.

“If my son is not behaving what they’re expecting to, at least the teacher should show the proper way of disciplining them,” Walker said. “It’s not the appropriate way to react, that you’re just going to tell the student to shut their mouth … What message is that telling the students when they hear that?”

“I don’t think she fits to be a teacher,” she added.

It’s because of the recordings that the Walkers have pulled Alex out of the school and plan to now homeschool him. The couple’s daughter still attends Sierra Vista, and they said she has no issues.

The Walkers say they tried to give the recordings to the school’s principal, but she wouldn’t take them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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