LOS LUNAS (KRQE) – It is usually the students who get in trouble for falling asleep in class, but some Los Lunas high school kids said their teacher was the one who dozed off and they caught it on camera.
KRQE News 13 spoke with students who said their teacher is setting a bad example.
Students said a classmate snapped a candid photo on a cellphone of Los Lunas High School teacher John Gabaldon sleeping instead of teaching algebra last Friday.
Students in his class who asked to remain anonymous described what happened.
“Kids went on to playing on the computers, kids stayed at their desks talking on their phones and eventually [Gabaldon] just fell asleep,” one student said.
“The whole class was just sitting there playing on their phones while [Gabaldon] was just like out of it,” another student said.
Students said Gabaldon, who also coaches baseball, was asleep for at least 10 minutes.
“It’s supposed to be time to be learning, not for him to be sleeping. It is supposed to be for him to be teaching us and he should be setting an example for us,” a student said.
Los Lunas Schools Superintendent Bernard Saiz said Gabaldon wasn’t feeling well.
The teacher admitted he had to close his eyes and may have dozed off, but he insists he wasn’t asleep for any length of time, according to the superintendent.
Students said they are asking for one thing.
“Just that administration does their job in making sure their teachers are teaching and that taxpayers’ money isn’t getting wasted for teachers to play on their cellphones or sleep in class,” a student said.
The superintendent said a handful of students went to the Los Lunas High School principal last week, complaining about Gabaldon’s teaching performance.
The superintendent said Gabaldon has a good record in his more than 10 years with the district and that sleeping in class is not a chronic problem.
KRQE News 13 asked Gabaldon for a comment, but he declined.