Parents demand justice after confrontation with TPS teacher

Andrea and Anthony Butler are angry with their daughter's teacher.
Andrea and Anthony Butler are angry with their daughter's teacher.
The teacher, Debbie Carlisle, says she felt threatened by the Butlers.
The teacher, Debbie Carlisle, says she felt threatened by the Butlers.

TOLEDO -- A parent-teacher conference at a Toledo Public elementary school turned into a shouting match and the arrest of two parents, reports News 11's Jonathan Walsh. Now, the parents are saying they want "justice."

There is a question, however, about what really happened.

The parents, Andrea and Anthony Butler, and the teacher, Debbie Carlisle, have very different stories as to what happened inside Hawkins Elementary School one day last November.

The Butlers say they spoke with their daughter's math teacher, Debbie Carlisle, at the beginning of the school year telling her the fifth-grader had difficulty with Math. That conversation didn't stand out to Carlisle, she says, because many parents make similar comments.

In September, however, Carlisle says she did notice some lack of progress and contacted the Butlers.

"We have these little slips called 'notice of concern' so I sent one of those to her," Carlisle says.

However, the Butlers say it's been difficult to reach Carlisle.

"We tried to communicate several times and she was was not willing to communicate with us," Anthony says.

In November, the Butlers decided to meet with Carlisle at Hawkins Elementary School because their daughter was getting a D in math. Carlisle says Anthony came into her room first and was calmly asking questions.

"It was when his wife came in that things began to rise," Carlisle says. The couple eventually became very angry, so she says she stood up and stayed behind the desk.

The Butlers have a different story.

"She became offensive. She got up from around her desk and came and pointed in my face and screamed... get out of her office and go to the principal's office... I mean get out of her room and go to the principal's office," Andrea says.

Carlisle says she felt threatened as Anthony came closer and closer to her, something Anthony denies. Carlisle tells us she was never touched, but she did file assault charges. The Butlers had to spend time in jail, something Carlisle says she didn't intend.

"I didn't even know anything like that would happen or could happen," says Carlisle.

The Butlers say they want justice. Carlisle says she hopes the parents have learned a lesson, too.

The Butlers' child is still one of Carlisle's students.

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