Second chaperone confirms trouble on Dallas ISD trip



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Posted on September 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 10:57 PM

DALLAS — Glendalis Torres said what she witnessed while chaperoning Dallas ISD middle schoolers on a nine-day European trip nearly brought tears to her eyes.

"No one has a right to treat somebody like that," Torres said.

On Monday, News 8 told the story of Julius Hill, who said his Greiner Middle School math teacher berated and humiliated him publicly on that overseas trip.

The teacher refused to let him go to the bathroom, made him and the only other boy on the trip bunk with high schoolers from Oklahoma they had never met; and even left Julius behind at a parade, according to multiple people who were part of the trip.

Torres, the second of the two chaperones on the European excursion, said this teacher acted like a racist toward Julius, who is African-American.

"She said, 'I need to put a rope around your waist or your neck. Which one would you prefer?'" Julius recalled during an interview on Monday.

"I just felt it was embarrassing for him in front of people, and it wasn't necessary because he wasn't misbehaving," Torres added.

But she revealed the teacher also appeared to be irresponsible with the entire group.

"She lost children in the airport," Torres said. "She lost children in the cities. She was going shopping by herself and telling the kids, 'Just stay in your group,' and she would send them to the stores."

Torres and at least three others on the trip said the teacher even took the nine Dallas middle schoolers to a "clothing-optional" beach in Spain.

"She was very irresponsible on that trip," Torres added.

Dallas ISD suspended the teacher, and would only say it is still investigating.

"Obviously, we want all of our teachers to treat everybody with respect," said Superintendent Mike Miles. "We don't want any bullying by anyone — students or adults."

Dallas ISD's legal department is reviewing the investigation and it is uncertain when the report will be finalized.

The teacher in question is not part of Alliance AFT, the district's largest teachers union. News 8 has decided not to name her unless the allegations are proven true.