Grants teacher takes heat from students

Posted at: 04/25/2013 10:48 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some students at Grants High School are accusing a band teacher of ignoring a 17-year-old girl who was having a serious medical issue.  But the Grants-Cibola County Schools Superintendent, Kilino Marquez, told KOB Eyewitness News 4, there is more to the story.

Ronnie Martin, a friend of 17-year-old Kaily Brunson, started an online petition calling for the band teacher to lose his job. As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had more than 750 signatures. At the very least, Martin said he wants school policy to change.

Brunson was about three months pregnant on her wedding day earlier this month, Martin said. Then about two weeks ago, according to Marquez, Brunson had a miscarriage.

Martin was in the middle of band class last Friday when Brunson showed up outside the classroom door. The teacher, and everyone else, unaware something was wrong.

"I had seen her at the door and I wanted to let her in, but he kept telling us don't let her in," Martin said.

Marquez said that is because it was 20 minutes into the class period. It is school policy to lock doors after the four minute tardy bell.

Brunson had left another class after she told her teacher she was going to the nurse's office, Marquez said.

Marquez said Brunson walked right on past the nurse's office and instead, went to find her friends. Brunson walked about 300 yards or three football fields, without ever stopping for help, Marquez said.

Brunson claims in the online petition, she was standing in the hallway and started bleeding heavily and was wearing a dress and it went everywhere.

Marquez pointed out, based on information the school received, these were likely some of the after-effects of her miscarriage a few weeks prior.

"The fact that she could have bled out, she could have died and you know, knowing that I could have opened the door but I didn't because I didn't want to get in trouble, that just terrifies me," Martin said.

As soon as Brunson called a student in class and told them what was happening the band teacher immediately took action, Marquez said,

"He did care about this young lady, he made the call to the front office to get the medical attention," Marquez said. "You would think that if a student had access to a cell phone and she had some medical issues that her first number should have been 911."

Martin said he is mad Brunson could not open the classroom door to get help sooner.

"I want to make a change to school policies and make sure students feel safe at school," Martin said.

Marquez said he will review the school's policy when it comes to locking doors and will make any changes in regard to student safety if he finds it necessary.