A Houston school teacher has admitted using an unusual method to get his point across to his second-grade students. He writes on their faces with Magic Marker.
The teacher’s name has not been made public, but Houston Independent School District administrators hauled him in to ask what was going on. Reportedly, the teacher confirmed that he uses body graffiti on his 8-year-old charges at Thurgood Marshall Elementary (pictured).
“The situation is being handled as a personnel matter,” said the HISD in a statement. “The teacher has been directed to cease the practice."
The offbeat form of pedagogy was brought to public attention by parent Victor Jimenez who told a local TV station that his son came home from school with the letter “B” written in the center of his forehead.
Apparently, this was the teacher’s way of labeling the young student as a homework miscreant.
“For me, he does not have any professionalism or ethics at all,” Jimenez, said. "I do not understand how he can continue being a teacher."
Other parents told the TV station that they agreed with Jimenez’s concerns.
"There's a different way you can teach them," parent Shaunda Hurd remarked. "I hope my child doesn't come home with marker on her forehead."
Jimenez said he knows of other children who have come home from school with writing on their faces and arms.
Though Jimenez wants the teacher fired, that appears unlikely unless the eccentric and invasive method continues to be used.