Target: Dr. David C. Harris, DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent
Goal: Fire teacher accused of using corporal punishment without parental approval.
A toddler’s parents are accusing his kindergarten teacher of paddling him without their consent. The DeSoto Independent School District is one of the few school districts that still permits capital punishment, but requires parents to complete consent forms, which are on file in the school administration offices.
Alyssa Smith claims her son was punished by the teacher based upon another student’s accusations of making a face at the teacher. Smith calls the corporal punishment an assault, indicating that her son told her that he was brought into a separate room, had his hands held down, and was repeatedly hit with a wooden paddle.
Smith further indicates that she and her husband indicated “no” with stars and exclamation points around it on the corporal punishment permission form. She is upset that parental wishes were not followed and her son refuses to return to the school because he’s afraid of his teacher hitting him again.
According to their own statements, the school district is offering additional training on the corporal punishment policy, but will not fire the teacher involved. Demand this abusive teacher is fired and not allowed to work with children again.
Dear Dr. Harris,
A kindergarten boy in your district is afraid to attend school. His parents allege this is because his teacher paddled him. They further state that they indicated they did not want their son to be spanked on the consent form. According to statements by one of your assistants, the school district is willing to provide further training on the corporal punishment rules but will not fire the teacher involved.
We demand this teacher is removed from her position and prevented from working with students in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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