Mom Says Her First Grader Was Forced to Sit on the Floor After Doodling on Desk

| by Lisa Fogarty

The mother of a first grade student is enraged at a punishment her daughter’s school doled out to her after the little girl admitted she doodled on a classroom desk.

The Texas mom, whose name has not been released, says a teacher at Westwood Elementary School in Houston contacted her about the incident and let her know that the girl lost her recess privilege, was sent to the principal’s office, and was made to clean the vandalized desk as a consequence for her actions, reports KHOU-TV.

But what she wasn’t told was that her daughter’s desk was then taken away from her for four weeks and she was forced to sit on the floor with a clipboard and was told she wouldn’t get her desk back until the second grade. This continued until the child finally spoke up and told her parents what was going on in the classroom.

“I asked her, 'Why did you not tell me?' and she said, 'I was too scared to tell you mama,'” the mom recounted. “She thought what she had done was so bad she didn’t deserve to have a desk.”

An investigation by Spring Branch Independent School District (ISD) followed and the teacher was reportedly “reprimanded” for her poor classroom management. In a statement, the Branch stated: “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 mom ultimately made the decision to withdraw her daughter from Westwood and transfer her to a different school, but her little brother was not able to follow because his grade was capped. She is in the process of filing a grievance with Spring Branch ISD and says her child has been traumatized by the incident.

“I mean it’s like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child,” she said. “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.”

Source: KHOU-TV

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