LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It was a simple case of a child taking and eating marshmallows from a second grade class, but the teacher of the class decided to come up with an unusual form of discipline, by writing "stole marshmallows" on the childs arm.
Longview ISD officials say writing the message on the childs arm was certainly "over the top". It happened at Ware Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, and the school district found out because of an anonymous tip. While teachers often use creative ways to discipline children, the district said this was way out of bounds.
"The teacher wrote on this students arm in a permanent marker stole marshmallows or stole marshmallows today as a way of communicating to the parents this is what your child did today to get in trouble was not appropriate," said Brian Bowman, LISD's Public information officer. "It was not right by any means. It was disrespectful to the students [and] it was disrespectful to the parents."
The teacher in this case has been placed on suspension with pay, while the district investigates the incident. School officials are looking into the possibility that she may have put messages on the arms of other children over missing assignments.
What do you think? Are teachers, in general, too restricted on how they are allowed to punish students? Should more leeway be given, including allowing for some "creative punishments", or do the disciplinary regulations work, and teachers should follow them to the letter? Leave us your comments.