Mother questions how area school handled case of inappropriate touching

- “My 9-year-old daughter is a very sweet loving little girl,” said Natalie Tienda. “She’s very shy she gets along with a lot of people.”

But Tienda says her daughter is not getting along with an 8-year-old boy in her third grade class at Copeland Elementary School.

“When my daughter came to me she had tears in her eyes,” Tienda said.

The problems started Tienda says before the Christmas break.

“She told her dad this little boy was licking her on the arm and was kind of touching her bottom parts,” said Tienda.

Tienda says she told her daughter’s teacher.

“The teacher told me she was going to handle it,” Tienda said.

But when school resumed this year Tienda says it only got worse.

“He was touching her down there inappropriately when she had dresses on,” Tienda said. “He would slap her on the bottom he would call her nasty names.”

Tienda took her concerns to the principal who she says told her on Tuesday Huffman I.S.D. had completed its investigation.

“I’m very upset,” Tienda said.

While the school district says its prohibited by law to release disciplinary action taken on a particular student Tienda says she was told the boy was given two days of in school suspension.

“Yes they did,” Tienda said. “That’s the only punishment this little boy got.”

Tienda says her daughter is the one being moved to another class when she did nothing wrong.

“He should be the one to be removed not my daughter,” said Tienda.

Here’s the entire response sent to FOX 26 from Huffman I.S.D.

“Huffman I.S.D. always takes parent concerns seriously, and the safety and security of all students is of utmost importance to us.

Together with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office we immediately investigated this parents allegations.

While federal law prohibits us from releasing disciplinary action on any particular student, appropriate consequences are always assessed based on the behavior of the student and the district’s student code of conduct.”   

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