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Teacher used ruler to punish kids against parent's will

LINDEN, TX (KSLA) -

KSLA News 12 has learned more about allegations of a school spanking in the ArkLaTex.  In May, this mother told KSLA News 12 that her child was spanked at school in front of several fellow students. She says the school did not have her permission. KSLA News 12 has now obtained documents with a statement from the teacher. The alleged unapproved spanking took place at the Linden Kildare Elementary School. The investigation is now complete and the teacher is still employed by the district.

The price family signed a form at the beginning of the school year saying they would not allow corporal punishment to be used on their child. In the document written by the teacher, it says: "I was leaning against my desk holding a ruler in my hands on one end. I told each child to turn and I just flipped my wrist and tapped each child softly and told them to go to P.E."

"It upsets me very much so because that's an admission of guilt right there," says Abigail's mother, Elizabeth Price. In another statement, the teacher says that she, quote "did not swat or hit any children and cause pain. I barely tapped the children."

"The point here is not how hard you struck my child, or how it hurt her, furthermore, that you needed to discipline her, kids need discipline, my point is that I signed a form that says you are not to touch my child," Price says.  Abigail's father, Jimmie Ray Price Jr says that even a light tap counts as corporal punishment. "She physically struck my child which is corporal punishment. However you want to define it, and in front of other students. Because in this letter here on the form we signed, it says corporal punishment shall be administered in the presence of one other district professional employee and in a designated place out of the view of other students." According to the teacher's letter, she "tapped" the students with a ruler without a district professional employee there to witness it and did it in front of other students.

"My next step is I will be employing an attorney. I made the phone call this morning," Elizabeth Price says. Price is angry that the teacher will still be teaching students in her daughter's school because the actions of the teacher "made her feel uncomfortable due to the fact that the teacher was still there, she had to pass her in the hall. With her still there this year, she will have to pass her in the hall again and it's not fair to put a child in a situation to feel that way."

The superintendent sent KSLA News 12 a statement saying, "While the district cannot comment on specific student or employee matters for privacy reasons, Linden-Kildare CISD takes student safety very seriously. The district also takes seriously its duty to provide student instruction with minimal disruption. This week, as is done at the start of every year, district staff received training on various topics and corresponding board policy, including updated training on student discipline. As always, our district strives to provide a safe, positive learning environment to all students. Our faculty and administration anticipate great things to come at Linden-Kildare CISD for the 2013-2014 school year, and we look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday, August 26th."

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