Parents of a Troy, New York elementary student were outraged to learn that their son’s teacher forced him to clean a desk with his tongue as punishment for drawing on it.
George and Latonia Spencer say their son licked the desk until he began to gag, at which point he was ordered to get paper towels and clean off the rest.
The Spencers were able to get their son removed from the classroom. But they say the teacher has since tried to turn his friends against him, and that school administration has not done enough to remedy the situation.
News Center placed calls to the Troy School District, and they received a statement from Interim Superintendent of School Brian Howard in response, saying the case has been resolved:
When a complaint from a parent is received the matter is investigated. Once the facts are known, appropriate steps are taken. If the facts show a complaint is unfounded the parent is informed. If the facts show a complaint is accurate or partially accurate, corrective measures are taken and the parent is informed.
Information regarding a specific student, staff member or parent is confidential and cannot be shared. There are times when a parent may not want to accept the facts. There are times when a parent may not agree that the steps taken are appropriate. The District will only act on the facts. The District is bound by laws and regulations. There is no need for additional information when an issue has been addressed fairly and responsibly based on facts. The District cannot and will not engage in spreading rumors and gossip.
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