Texas 1st grader forced to sit on floor for a month
By Jay Dillon
A Houston mother is furious after she found out her first grader was punished for drawing a picture on a desk. The problem is her punishment didn't fit the crime, mom says.The anonymous mom agreed to share their story with CNN affiliate KHOU. She said she got an email from the girl's teacher after her daughter admitted to drawing a picture on her desk."She lost her recess, she went to the principal's office and then she had to wash the desk and that was it," she said. But that wasn't it. The day after the drawing incident, the little girl showed up to find her desk gone. The girl was reportedly told that she wouldn't get her desk back until 2nd grade.As her classmates sat at their desks, she sat on the floor. For more than four weeks she did this until she finally told her parents."I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama," the mom told us. "She thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk."Spring Branch ISD investigated and tells us the teacher was reprimanded for her classroom management. They also released in a statement saying:"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."This mom chose to withdraw her daughter and has picked another school for the new year but the girl's little brother can't go with her because his grade is capped.The whole experience has left this mom feeling helpless."I mean it's like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child," said the girl's mom. "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."The mom has hired an attorney and filed a grievance with Spring Branch ISD. She says her daughter has been traumatized by the punishment and wants to make sure this doesn't happen to any other child.
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