AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTin, Texas (AP) When a young girl at a Texas high school’s dance recital asked a teacher to do something that wasn’t supposed to be done, she was being told it would be inappropriate for her, her parents said.
It was then that a young woman in the crowd yelled, “That’s inappropriate!”
The girl’s parents say that as she left the auditorium, the teacher who had been asking her questions didn’t ask her if she was OK to dance.
It wasn’t until the next day when she got home that her mom realized what had happened.
The girl was not OK, but the teacher wasn’t.
“This girl was going to be a future teacher, and I wanted her to know that, because I want her to be OK,” her mother, Kimberly Miller, said.
Miller, 28, said she was stunned when she learned her daughter, Grace, was bullied for the rest of her life because she was a girl.
“The whole thing, I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“I didn’t even know she was bullying her.”
Miller says Grace’s family was so upset by the incident that they called the school district and reported it.
A school district spokesman said the district has since asked the family to return the girl to the school, but Miller said she wasn’t ready to give up on Grace’s future.
Miller and her husband, Dave, say Grace is going to school and she’s not going to let bullying stop her.
In an interview with ABC News, the Millers said the girl’s mother called them and apologized to them, but they said they were still waiting to hear back.
They said they’ve reached out to other teachers, principals and administrators to let them know Grace’s story.
They said they’re looking into what might have caused the incident and how the girl could have been so vulnerable and unaware of what was being asked of her.
“We’re trying to find out how this teacher handled this situation,” Miller said.
Grace is the first of about 100 students to be suspended at Texas high schools this year because of sexual assault allegations, the highest number in school history.
Miller said Grace is the second-highest-ranked student in her class, after a student who committed suicide.
The girl was also the subject of a lawsuit filed by a group of students that accused Texas school officials of failing to respond to the abuse.
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Miller said she’s disappointed the district won’t be able to apologize to the girl or the teacher involved in the incident, but she said she wants the school to know it’s not OK to harass students.
“If the district doesn’t get this right, it will be a stain on its history, and they’re going to have to fix it,” Miller told ABC News.
More than 1,200 Texas high-school students have been disciplined since the start of the school year in response to sexual misconduct allegations, a number that has risen dramatically in the wake of a string of high-profile sexual assaults at schools across the state.
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