HUMBLE, Texas (CBS Houston) — A first-grade teacher claims she didn’t fondle a female student because she says she is racist.
KHOU-TV reports that 61-year-old Irene Esther Stokes denied the allegations that she touched the little girl on her “private parts” on the outside of her clothes at Northwest Preparatory Academy because the child is black.
“She (said she) doesn’t like to even touch the black children on their hand, she shies away when they try to hug her. She admitted to being prejudice,” Humble Police Department Det. J. Blanchard told KHOU.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports the alleged incident happened in March. Stokes reportedly kicked the girl out of the classroom during a test and refused to let her eat lunch. Stokes says those accusations are not true.
“It’s an all basically dominate black school, so why were you there anyway?” the girl’s mother told KHOU. “I’m hurt, angry to the fullest. I feel like you send your kids to school to learn.”
The school says that Stokes is no long employed there.
“The employee involved was immediately placed on administrative leave as soon as the complaint was received, and the matter was investigated,” a school statement to KHOU said. “As a result of the Academy’s investigation, the staff member in question has been terminated.”
Stokes has been charged with indecency with a child and was released from jail on $10,000 bond.