RANDOLPH, NY (WNY News Now) — The Randolph School Board of Education met Wednesday night, where most members heard for the first time allegations a gym teacher verbally abuses her students.
A handful of students and parents turned out in hopes of speaking up against what the say is multigenerational abuse towards students from the girl’s gym teacher Mrs. Nickolson.
“She wasn’t making school any better, she wasn’t making life any better, she was making it worse actually,“ explained 17-year-old student Jessica Nomes. “I didn’t like my family or my friends being treated that way. And I was really upset at the way I was being treated like I wasn’t physically healthy and that I needed to be put in an online class.”
“Enough is enough,“ stated Tyfeny Briggs, mother of a current student. “I dealt with it when I was a kid, and my kids shouldn’t have to deal with it.”
The board heard from each victim individually during a private executive session, where educators spent several hours reviewing claims.
The district has since referred us to their original statement issued Monday, that they will take “appropriate action when deemed necessary.”
“I want the teacher gone,“ explained Mother Virginia Miller. “ I really do, and I’ve been pushing, and I’m holding other companies to follow up what they do with Special Ed and to back up my daughter.”
Others believe there is an alternative solution.
“I’m willing to give her a second chance if she can like, there’s gotta be classes she can go to,“ stated Briggs. “Anger management classes, counseling, and then a heartfelt apology to all the girls from all the years.”
However, for current student Jessica Nomes, the alleged abuse is inexcusable.
“The way that I’ve been treated is unforgivable, and the way my family has been treated is unforgivable,“ said Nomes. “There is not enough apologies in the world for belittling and body shaming kids.”
Since our original story on the claims against the gym teacher premiered Monday, we have had several other students, past and present, speak out with similar allegations.