George and Latonia Spencer's 10-year-old son was caught doodling on his desk at School 16 in Troy, New York, in February. The couple claims that their son was forced by the teacher to lick his desk clean (video below).
After the unidentified boy began to gag, the teacher told him to use some paper towels, say the Spencers, reports News 10.
The Spencers are going public now because the teacher was never reprimanded or suspended, and never offered an apology.
“I said ‘We can end all this by her going in front of the class with my son and apologizing for her actions.’ He [the principal] says 'That would be a directive. I cannot give a directive and it wouldn't be sincere,’" George told CBS 6 Albany.
The Spencers' son was transferred to another class, but they claim the same teacher asked the students in his former class not to speak to their son.
“We thought about going to the board, but after we were shut down by the superintendent, I really felt like they wouldn't do anything, and we really got to a point where we felt helpless,” said Latonia.
"When a complaint from a parent is received, the matter is investigated," said interim school district superintendent Brian Howard in a statement. "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."