An expectant teacher loses her baby after attempting to control a fight that broke out between her students.
This is just so terrible. Lissedia Batista, a teacher from Explorations Academy in the Bronx section of New York City, suffered a miscarriage after trying to stop a fight between two 15-year-old students on Wednesday morning (December 8). School officials say that 27-year-old Lissedia, who was four months pregnant, was pushed out of the way and fell to the floor during the scuffle. She was taken by ambulance to North Central Bronx Hospital, but lost the baby while there.
“This is a very sad incident, and my heart goes out to Mrs. Batista and her family,” Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott says. “I reached out to the principal and Mrs. Batista to express my sincere condolences.” Lissedia, who isn’t ready to talk about the tragic incident, is resting at home and will not press charges because she fears that the two teens will end up in the city’s criminal justice system. This woman deserves a medal for being so selfless during such a sad time.
Both students have been suspended and the teacher’s union will meet with the board of education to discuss this case and two others that have occurred this week involving teachers dealing with fights. “Students, parents and teachers deserve to go to school in a safe learning environment every day,” says Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. HollyMoms, do you worry about your kids safety when you send them to school? If you’re a teacher, we want to know what sort of scary situations you’ve had to deal with.
Lissedia was hired by the public school system in 2008 and this was her first year teaching Spanish at Explorations Academy. Our hearts go out to Lissedia and her family.