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Punishment for doodling on desk traumatized first-grader, infuriated parents

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The parents of a Texas first-grader are demanding answers after their daughter spent weeks sitting on the classroom floor as punishment for doodling on her desk.

The girl’s mother, who asked not to be identified in sharing the story with local TV station KHOU, said her daughter admitted getting in trouble for writing on her desk.

But she was too “scared” to tell her mother that her desk had been taken away from her the next day. And when her Westwood Elementary teacher emailed the mom to tell her how the little girl was punished, she left out the detail about the girl having to sit on the floor for weeks on end.

“She lost her recess, she went to the principal’s office, and then she had to wash the desk, and that was it,” the mother told KHOU.

But that apparently wasn’t it. The teacher also told the girl that she would have to wait until second grade to get the desk back, and that in the meantime, she’d have to sit on the floor with a clipboard, KHOU reported.

The student sat on the floor for more than four weeks before telling her parents.

“She thought what she had done was so bad she didn’t deserve to have a desk,” the mother told the TV station.

The teacher has since been reprimanded, but the student’s parents feel it’s not enough and have filed a grievance with the Spring Branch Independent School District.

The little girl will not be returning to Westwood for the second grade. Her parents have enrolled her in a new school, saying their daughter has been traumatized by the experience, KHOU reported.


Amanda Shea


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