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Teacher Makes 2nd Graders March In Heat As Punishment

| by David Bonner
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The mother of an Arizona elementary school student is speaking out about how her daughter's class was reportedly punished by the teacher.

Brittany Trofy says her 7-year-old daughter and her fellow classmates at Luke Elementary were forced to march outside in the Phoenix heat for 20 to 30 minutes, reports KNXV.

"The school stripped me of my right to nurture my child when she didn't feel good by not letting me know she didn't feel good," said Trofy. "My daughter is right now scared to go back to school for fear of seeing the teacher that got frustrated with them," she added.

"I've never heard of something like this," Trofy told KPHO. "That's why it's so important to me to make this known, because this should not be happening in our local schools. This should not be happening to our children."

Marching outside in the Phoenix heat poses a serious health risk, Trofy contended. "It's hot. They're young and they get overheated. They're small and they don't weigh much. It doesn't take much for them to get overworked."

"This was a poor choice," said Zachary Fountain, the director of public relations for the Dysart School District. "This was out of character and not the appropriate avenue to work with students on following directions. We are working with parents to ease any concerns."

However, a district spokesperson asserted that the students were outside for only five minutes, and were examined by a school nurse who found no signs of heat exhaustion among any of the students.

But Trofy is planning to transfer her daughter to another school anyway.

In a related story, Texas' Three Rivers Independent School District voted unanimously on Sept. 12 to bring back corporal punishment, reports USA Today.

The vote allows teachers and principals of the two schools in the district to use wooden paddles to hit misbehaving students. Parents will have the option of opting in or out of the new policy upon registering their children for the school year.

Texas is one of 15 states where corporal punishment is allowed. In those states, it is up to individual school districts whether or not to engage in it.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. sent a letter to state leaders in November 2016 urging them to end the use of corporal punishment in schools.

The National Association of School Psychologists defines corporal punishment as "the intentional infliction of pain or discomfort and/or the use of physical force upon a student with the intention of causing the student to experience bodily pain so as to correct or punish the student's behavior," reports The Independent.

Sources: KPHO, KNXV, USA Today, The Independent / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Pixabay, An Errant Knight/Wikimedia Commons

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