Mother of girl allegedly molested by prejudiced Humble teacher speaks out

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 6:11 AM

HUMBLE -- The Humble private school teacher accused of fondling a student has been charged with indecency with a child, but is denying the allegations by saying she’s prejudiced.

Officials said the incident involving Irene Stokes, 61, allegedly happened on March 22 inside a classroom at Northwest Preparatory Academy, which is located in the 600 block of Charles Street.

"It’s just nasty, you 61, you grown, you have no business touching on nobody's child," said the victim's mother.

“The victim said that she was in the classroom alone with the teacher and that the teacher touched her on the outside of her clothes, on what she called her ‘private part,’ her vaginal area,” said Humble Police Department Detective J. Blanchard.

The 6-year-old girl said when she told her teacher to stop, Irene Stokes, 61, told her to get out of the classroom, according to court records. The girl told investigators that Stokes made her stand out in the hallway outside of the class and then refused to allow her to eat lunch or take a test.

"Law and Order was on, and there was a subject about that. I told my kids, ‘If anyone ever touch you or anything like that, let me know,’" said the victim's mother.

A few minutes later, the mother said her daughter started crying.

"That's when she told me she touched her,” said the victim’s mother. “I said touched her how? She said she touched my private area. "

The child’s mother contacted school officials and was able to confirm that the girl did not eat lunch at school that day.

Stokes denied the allegations.

“She (said she) doesn’t like to even touch the black children on their hand, she shies away when they try to hug her -- she admitted to being prejudice,” Blanchard said.

“It’s an all basically dominate black school, so why were you there anyway,” asked the victim’s mother. "I’m hurt, angry to the fullest. I feel like you send your kids to school to learn.”

A spokesperson for the school says Stokes is no longer employed at the campus.

“The employee involved was immediately placed on administrative leave as soon as the complaint was received, and the matter was investigated. As a result of the Academy’s investigation, the staff member in question has been terminated,” the school said in a statement released Tuesday. Stokes is scheduled to appear in court on May 21. She was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

Stokes is the fourth faculty member this year to be charged with a felony for alleged behavior on campus .In May, three Northwest Preparatory Academy staff members were charged with felony injury to a child charges after allegedly over disciplining a seventh grade girl.

School officials say all of the 30 staff members at Northwest Preparatory Academy will now go through training.

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