PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The parents of a 13-year-old boy are speaking out, after their son's 6th grade teacher is arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with the boy.
The parents say their son was taken of advantage of, and called the teacher a "monster". Meanwhile, the teacher in question, Brittany Zamora, is facing charges of child molestation, and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Attorneys hired by the parents say the school knew about the relationship in February, and did nothing about it. The parents of the sixth-grader spoke from their attorney's office Thursday, but asked FOX 10 Phoenix to disguise their faces and voices.
The parents began by heaping scorn on Zamora.
"She actually did not love him. She used him for her own grotesque benefits," said the parents. "He understands there are real monsters in the world. As parents, you teach your kids there's no such thing as monsters. There are none, but in real world, there are monsters and Brittany Zamora is a monster."
The parents said they found out about the incident, through an app called "Sentry" that was set up on the victim's phone.
"It linked directly to my phone, and it picked up certain key words, and anytime those keywords were used, I received a notification so that day, that's what happened, and I saw the conversation where her name was in there," said the parents, who then asked their son about it.
"I said, 'I know, but I'm just asking you to make sure it's the truth, who is this in this message,'" the parents recounted "That when he told me, 'my teacher'. Then I asked him all, what happened between him and his teacher, and he told us that they killed and they had sex."
The parents have hired a lawyer to sue the Liberty Elementary School District for money damages.
"Based on what we know thus far, the school had ample opportunity to nip this in the bud," said Steve Weinberger with the Davis Miles Law Firm
"A big thing for us is just because it's a boy, makes no difference," said the parents. "It is a 13-year-old child that got taken advantage of by a monster."
Officials with Liberty Elementary School District have issued a response:
"Any facts we were aware of were thoroughly investigated, and appropriately responded to."