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Tallassee student's mom files police report, claims teacher illegally recorded son

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Heather Kent says a teacher illegally recorded her son in a class at his middle school. Heather Kent says a teacher illegally recorded her son in a class at his middle school.
TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

Heather Kent is the first to admit her son has had behavioral issues at Southside Middle School in Tallassee.

"He has ADHD, bi-polar and anger issues and he takes medicine," said Kent.

In fact, a recent fight with another student landed 13-year old Stone Kent in the school's in-school suspension program, simply meaning Stone spent a few days in one room.

And Mrs. Kent says that's when it happened.

"Goodman's cell phone was propped up against the tape dispenser and it had fallen. The phone's screen was up and Stone's picture was on the front of the screen and the red record light was still flashing but it must have been paused because it wasn't moving," Kent alleges.

Heather Kent filed a police report, a report that identifies the coach/teacher as John David Goodman. Kent says the phone video allegedly shows Stone having his head down on his desk.

"I just want to know why he was doing it. I've signed no papers consenting my son to be photographed or video-taped. It bothers me this was the teacher's personal cell phone and what was he going to do with it?" Kent said.

Heather Kent feels as though school leaders aren't taking her complaint seriously, and she says she has no plans to fade away.

Not true, according to Tallassee City School Superintendent Ken Varner. Varner says because of privacy laws, he wouldn't answer specific questions about the situation but says he is aware of the complaint and the school district is 'looking into the matter.'

Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers says for now this is a matter to be handled by the school district. Chief Rodgers say if a crime has taken place the police would then get involved.

For now, a school investigation is ongoing and a mom is waiting for answers.

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