Parents outraged after first grader is forced to clean toilet with bare hands

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JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – The punishment being handed down to a South Carolina elementary school student is being described as “cruel and unusual.”

The 7-year-old boy was forced to clean a toilet at school with his bare hands after he clogged it up because he used too much toilet paper.

The boy told his mother there were feces still in the toilet.

When the boy went home and told his mom what happened, she was appalled.

“I’m like, ‘They did WHAT,'” Johnita Anderson told WSAV. “They could have called the janitor, or if they had a plunger in the classroom as an adult they probably could have tried to unclog the toilet themselves, but not have him to take the tissue out.”

The principal of the school confirms a paraprofessional had the first grader clean the toilet, and other students witnessed it.

The principal told WSAV that the paraprofessional and the teacher were disciplined.

But Anderson says that is not enough.

She wants them fired.

“He[her son] has to live with these decisions that were made by the teachers taking the matters into their own hands, and handling the situation that way. I feel like they should be not just suspended, if that’s what happened. They should be fired,” Anderson said.

A Japser County Councilwoman agrees with Anderson.  She also thinks the staff members should be fired.

“Get them out of that school. That is going to put a stigma over that school, and we want to see our schools in Jasper County succeed. We want to see the negative go away. We want to see the positive. And here it is, another negative,” said Councilwoman Barbra Clark.

However, the principal believes she handled the situation appropriately.

“You have to give a disciplinary action that is appropriate to what takes place. This was not something that was a criminal act, something that was illegal, immoral, it was a very wrong act,” she said.


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