It’s normal for parents to worry about older kids bullying their children and taking their milk money. But the mother a second grade student in Baltimore, Maryland, says it was a math teacher who robbed her seven-year-old son of cash for his lunch.
Marcelius Lockes allegedly took quarters from Kori Cummings, a special needs student, to buy soda for herself, leaving him with no money to pay for his school meal, according to a lawsuit filed by the child’s mother, Lynsai Green.
Ms Green says her son, who receives reduced-price meals for $0.40, was $1.20 behind on his lunch payments — despite sending Kori to school with more than enough money. She is seeking $200,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit, Ms Green says she learned of the alleged theft in February 2011 when her son told her the ‘cafeteria lady’ at Gwynn Falls Elementary warned him that he needed more money.
When she ask Kori why he had run out of money, he told her Lockes ‘took my money to buy a soda.’
He said the math teacher also fined him and another student a quarter every time they ‘acted up.’
According to Ms Green’s lawyers, Kori suffers from ADHD and takes medication that will make him sick if he skips lunch.
Ms Green is also suing the school district and the city-county government.
In addition to the theft, the lawsuit says Lockes seemed to revel in disciplining students.
She allegedly called herself ‘She-Rah’ (the Princess of Power from the He-Man cartoons) and said she was bringing out the ‘devil’ when she disciplined her students.
Lockes allegedly pulled Kori’s ears and pushed him and ‘jacked him up’ by his collar.
As a result of the alleged theft and abuse, Kori no longer speaks up in class and has had to receive private tutoring and psychological counseling.