2010-06-18 / Top Stories

Mom Charges Son Abused At PS 106

By Howard Schwach

Keanu Alameda in a recent photo. Keanu Alameda in a recent photo. A Far Rockaway mother has charged a music teacher at PS 106 in Edgemere with corporal punishment and the principal of the school with repeatedly hanging up on her and with telling police that she is a dangerous person.

According to a Corporal Punishment Reporting Form submitted to the city’s special investigator for schools, Richard Condon, Tara Alameda, who lives on Beach 19 Street, has charged the school’s music teacher with “grabbing my son’s arm and tearing his rubber bracelets off with force,” during a class session on June 1.

Alameda’s son, Keanu Alameda, 10, has been at PS 106, located on Beach 35 Street, for five years, and has previously had problems with the music teacher.

She claims that her son, who has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) that requires that he have a co-teacher for each of his classes, did not get a co-teacher for music.

“The fact that I complained about his need for a co-teacher in her class got the teacher angry at my son,” Alameda told The Wave. “The music teacher seems to be failing my son while he is not getting the proper service in her class. My son deserves an apology [from her] for making him feel incompetent in class, especially when he’s trying real hard but there is no special education provider to work with him there.”

“Ms. Baylis continues to bother my son to the point where he does not want to go to attend his school,” she added.

In her complaint, Alameda said that Principal Marcella Simms was “very rude to me,” when she called to complain about the music teacher and her vendetta against her son.

“She retaliated against me,” the mom says, “by having a youth officer call me to say that I was a threat to the principal and she told the superintendent that I called her the Bword and said that I [threatened to] kick her, which I never said.”

A spokesperson for the Special Investigator’s Office declined to comment on an open investigation.

A spokesperson for the school referred The Wave to the Department of Education.

A Department of Education spokesperson said that she would get back to The Wave with a comment after she investigated the charges.

She never returned the call.

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