TEXAS – A Houston mother is furious after finding out her first grader was forced to sit on the floor at school.
The punishment went on for more than a month before the mother found out about it.
“The girl was on a tree swing,” says the mother of the child who was punished.
The picture seems innocent, but the drawing was done on a desk by a first grader at Westwood Elementary.
The girl’s family doesn’t want to be identified but agreed to share their story.
“We talked about it’s not appropriate to write on school property or anyone’s property for that matter and she said yes of course,” said the mother of the first grader.
The first grader’s mother said the teacher told her that punishment was to clean the desk, miss recess, and go to the principal’s office.
But there was one more penalty her mom says was never mentioned.
“The teacher said you’re not getting a desk back until the second grade.”
All her classmates had a desk and a chair, but the 7-year-old sat on the floor with a clipboard for more than four weeks.
“I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama because 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 school says the girl’s little brother can’t go with her because his grade is capped.
The whole experience has left their mom feeling helpless.
“I mean it’s like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child and 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.”