Thursday, November 15, 2012

KMVT: Parents Upset Over 'Bullying' Punishment in Idaho Classroom

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Twin Falls TV station KMVT reports that some parents "are outraged" over what they say an elementary school teacher made her students do when they didn't meet their reading goals.

KMVT reports that a teacher at Declo Elementary decided that students who didn't meet goals would be "punished by fellow classmates."

Nine students reportedly didn't meet their accelerated reading goals. Those students had two options: miss recess or get their faces drawn on by other other students. Three skipped recess and six students chose the alternative.

"Not only was my son punished with bullying, but the other students were rewarded with bullying. They're being taught that bullying is OK and there is nothing wrong with this,” a parent told KMVT.

The school superintendent said parents' concerns were being taken "seriously" and an investigation was under way.

Meanwhile, the teacher was on disciplinary leave last week but has returned to her fourth-grade classroom this week.

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