A Texas City Independent School District teacher has been fired after inadvertently sending a profane text message complaining about a 13-year-old special-needs student to the boy’s mother.
Tiffany Lynn Elfstrom was on the phone with the Levi Fry Intermediate School teacher when she got two text messages from the teacher that were apparently meant for someone else.
In the messages, the teacher used expletives, referring to Elfstrom’s son, Jayden. The text, screenshots of which said: “This lil m----------r is crying like a baby for mommy because he wants to go home.” The second text said: “OMG I just want to omggggggg pull all my damn hair out.”
After receiving these messages, Elfstrom notified the school’s principal, she said.
“I am still heartbroken that she sent what she sent,” Elfstrom said. “I do have some concerns as far as with the school and I did express those concerns with the principal.”
Texas City Independent School District investigated the incident and the teacher no longer has a contract with the school district, spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said.
Justice has been served in Elfstrom’s mind, she said.
“I was very surprised with how quick they were able to handle the situation,” she said. “I am happy with the outcome. I’m not happy that she lost her job. But in this situation, I am very happy that she is no longer working with special-needs children.”
It’s hard to deal with special-needs students, but you have to have patience with children, Elfstrom said.
“I understand that he is autistic and it’s hard,” she said. “I understand that at the end of the day she might need someone to talk to, but through a text message and only to send it to me? Who does that?”
Elfstrom’s son will be shown respect and care when he returns, Tortorici said.
“We are going to provide the learning environment for him and our job always is to provide excellent staff,” she said. “The excellence wasn’t shown in this situation, which is why that employee is no longer with us.”
While she is comfortable sending her son back to school, she is fearful of situations like this happening again, Elfstrom said.
“I don’t want to go through it again,” she said. “It’s been hell.”