Teachers are put into the classroom to teach students and dispense discipline where necessary, but some teachers tend to take it too far. CBS 11 News reports that a teacher poured pencil shavings into Marquis Jay’s mouth while his head was turned back. The eighth grader, who attends Boles Jr. High School in Arlington, says he was sitting quietly in the classroom when a teacher decided to pour a large amount of pencil shavings down his throat.
“I was sitting in class with my head tilted back and opening my mouth,” says Jay. “Teacher came over and poured the pencil shavings in my mouth.”
The 13 year old says he spit out the shavings and headed to the nurse’s office to wash out his mouth.
His mother, Deidre Brown, says she was called after it happened and is still livid over the incident.
“I wanted to cry because it was like how could she do that,” says Brown. “What kind of message is it sending to the kids? She is supposed to be the teacher – the adult.”
Marquis says the teacher who poured the shavings in his mouth wasn’t his assigned teacher, just a teacher who dropped by his classroom to help his teacher.
The teacher was suspended, but Brown says she should’ve been fired.
“This incident is unacceptable and was immediately and fully investigated by the AISD when it occurred almost a month ago. The district took appropriate disciplinary action,” says Amy Casas, Director of Communications with Arlington ISD. “The school has been in constant communication with the student’s mother about this incident and other matters. At no time has mom expressed any concerns about the manner in which this situation was handled to the school or the district.”