KC 4th-grader claims substitute teacher inappropriately touched her

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  A mother is outraged after receiving a call from a counselor at her daughter's school reporting an incident involving her daughter and a substitute teacher.

Fallon Rodgers said her 9-year-old daughter, who is in fourth-grader at Troost Elementary, told her a male substitute teacher inappropriately touched her while she was in her gym class.

"He tried to touch my back and then he kept on going down." Rodgers' daughter, who wished to not be named, said.

The fourth-grader said the substitute teacher tried to look up her skirt, too.

"I was scared... because he kept on trying to touch my butt," the 9-year-old said.

Rodgers' daughter said the substitute teacher also inappropriately touched a second female student and reportedly tried to look under the skirts of two other girls in the class.

After the alleged incident, the fourth-grader ran from the class and another female student told a teacher, according to Rodgers.

"I feel very disturbed that this is a substitute teacher," Rodgers said.

Rodgers said a counselor at Troost Elementary called her Friday to inform her of what had happened.

"I'm asking her about what and she said maybe you should just talk to your daughter," Rodgers said.  "We had an issue with a substitute teacher Thursday."

Rodgers said the school's principal told her Tuesday that administrators initially handled the allegations properly.

"This could be a predator," Rodgers said. "This could be someone that's out there in other schools."

Rodgers told FOX 4 the Missouri department of children and family services is now investigating the allegations against the substitute teacher. The substitute's employer, Kelly Services, is also investigating the allegations, and provided this statement:

"Kelly Services takes all allegations of inappropriate behavior seriously and we are investigating the matter.  However, we do not comment on specifics related to allegations during a pending investigation."

"I want to know what's going on with this teacher," Rodgers said. "What other schools he's been to? I want to know a lot."

Rodgers is scheduled to meet with the school's counselor and a state investigator Wednesday at the board of education office.



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