First grade student forced to sit on floor for weeks after losing desk as punishment


HOUSTON — The mother of a first grade student is upset after she claims her daughter’s desk was removed as a form of punishment, according to KHOU.

The mother said the girl drew a picture on her desk and got in trouble. The mom received an email from the teacher about the incident.

“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. “I was never told that her desk was removed.”

The next day, the desk was gone. The girl was reportedly told she would not get her desk back until second grade. She sat on the floor for more than four weeks before she told her parents.

School officials investigated and reprimanded the teacher for her classroom management. The school system also released a statement:

“The family has been offered multiple opportunities to transfer their child, either to another teacher within the school or to any elementary school in the district where enrollment is not capped.”

Read more: KHOU

14 comments

  • COLA

    I don’t think it is harsh, especially because children love to sit in the floor. I do think she should have given the child a chance to redeem herself. If there was a second occurance , then maybe I could see the punishment. A conference with her parents would also be appropriate.

  • Audrey

    The teacher should have to eat lunch on the floor in front of her own peers just to see how it feels . After one day she would give the student’s desk back..

    • Devlin

      I think the appropriate age punishment should be cleaning the desk and since she is in the first grade, that should be it.

  • No weapon shall prosper

    I think it’s very much harsh seeing all the other punishments she had to endure making her clean the desk and taking her play time away was enough for a first grade child and maybe the second time a conference with parents to see if they would agree on the teacher taking the child’s desk

  • Smith

    There was no excuse for it as the child was disciplined by losing her recess, cleaning the desk & being sent to the office. That’s plenty & then some for a 1st grade student. The desk is a tool for her education & performance the same as a desk is to an adult doing their work in an office on a daily basis. This action was clearly taken as a humiliation tactic which is unacceptable for what she did. Such stupidity could affect the child’s attitude toward school for the rest of her life. I’m wondering when this happened as it should now be summer vacation in most places. The teacher should be fired as she is obviously hostile toward children. I wouldn’t trust her with a child of mine. I agree with the statement that the parents should have been called in for a conference although I don’t think the “crime” warranted much more than cleaning the desk during recess and a warning if it happened again.

  • Grace McCurley

    What is wrong with people today? I think we need another 40 days and 40 nights of rain…….

  • Marilynn Heasion

    That was done to me in 3rd grade! I came in the classroom to find my desk by the teacher’s desk, which I knew meant that I was in trouble, but I didn’t know why! I sat down, then the teacher came in and told me I was to sit on the floor in the back corner of the room where she had dumped all the papers from my desk! And girls had to wear dresses then! I had stuffed a lot in that desk… I didn’t know until way later why I was sitting on the floor; that it was because I’d drawn on the desk. The kids had a great time making fun of me that day. Next day I came armed with a note from my mom, but my teacher wasn’t there. The sub was there and she was always very kind to us. She put me right back in my desk and it wasn’t even brought up again. My 6th grade teacher was very understanding… He told my mom that he knew art was my strong point and he just allowed me to draw…oh, I didn’t draw on the desk any more! I really think that cleaning the desk off was sufficient; the punishment should match the crime.

  • Devlin

    I actually think this is punishment out of control. Not only is this physical it is also psychological. I think the punishments are not age appropriate. Sitting on the floor is not classroom discipline. I really think that when this teacher went through her studies to get her teaching degree she didn’t go through the course called classroom discipline. Also the school board is STUPID!! for making this statement, “The family has been offered multiple opportunities to transfer their child, either to another teacher within the school or to any elementary school in the district where enrollment is not capped.” It actually should be the teacher being removed and transferred to another school.

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