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Child forced to sit on floor at school for a month as punishment


Child forced to sit on floor at school for a month as punishment

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 3, 2014

A first grader at Westwood Elementary in the Houston area drew a picture on a school desk, and was reprimanded with a punishment her family deemed excessive. 

The mother of the seven-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was told in an e-mail from the teacher that the child was sent to the principal’s office, lost her recess and was instructed to wash the desk, reports KHOU 11 News Houston. What the mother wasn’t told by either the teacher or the child was that the girl’s desk was taken away and she was told she had to sit on the floor with a clipboard for the remainder of the school year.
She sat on the floor for more than four weeks before mentioning it to her parents.
"I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama," the mother told KHOU. "She thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk."
The Spring Branch school district investigated and tells KHOU the teacher was reprimanded for her classroom management. They also released in a statement saying: "The family has been offered multiple opportunities to transfer their child, either to another teacher within the school or to any elementary school in the district where enrollment is not capped."
The girl’s mother chose to transfer her child to another school, “but the girl's little brother can't go with her because his grade is capped,” KHOU reports.
"It's like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child," the mother told KHOU. "The fact that I sent her there every day not knowing that that's what she was going into because nobody made me aware, it's horrible."
The mother has hired an attorney and filed a grievance with school district. “She says her daughter has been traumatized by the punishment and wants to make sure this doesn't happen to any other child,” KHOU repots.
“KHOU 11 News has learned that the district and parents have since reached a new deal, but details aren't being released.”
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.