Thursday, April 12, 2007


Mother: Teacher Made Derogatory Comment, Slapped Son

A Neuqua Valley High School teacher has been put on administrative leave on allegations that she slapped a student.

Akela Dillon, who taught business classes at Neuqua, is being investigated by the Naperville Police Department for an incident April 3 with a student on the school's campus.

Tiffany Stephens, whose son was allegedly "smacked" by Dillon, said the incident was recorded on a hallway surveillance camera inside the school. She received a call April 3 from administrators at Neuqua that her son was in trouble. According to Stephens, her son originally was accused of striking Dillon.

But after Stephens talked with her son, she confronted administrators who said they had a surveillance videotape of the event. After watching it, she said administrators took back the accusation. The tape does not have sound.

Stephens said her son told her he was standing at a row of lockers during a passing period when the teacher approached him. Her son, who is black, then told her the teacher made derogatory remarks about him dating a white female and then "smacked" him in the face. Stephens said she does not want her son, who is a minor, to speak with the media.

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