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Boy Allegedly Forced to Lick School Desk Clean

Parents of a 10-year-old Troy, NY elementary school student are accusing their son's teacher of forcing him to lick his desk clean after he'd been caught doodling on it.

By// Mariah Craddick

Parents of a 10-year-old Troy, NY elementary school student are accusing their son’s teacher of forcing him to lick his desk clean after he’d been caught doodling on it, according to the NEWS CENTER

George and Latonia Spencer claim that it was only when their son began to gag that the teacher told him to get paper towels to wipe it off. While the Spencers were able to place their son in another class after the incident, the teacher apparently told the child’s friends not to talk to him, further separating him from his classmates.

According to the Spencers, this took place back in February and the teacher was never reprimanded or suspended. They said they were only coming forward now because they felt that the school district had done very little about it.

“We are constantly on our children, ‘Listen to the teacher. Do what the teacher says,'” Latonia said. “We never thought we’d have to say, ‘Don’t lick the desk if the teacher tells you to lick the desk.'”

When a complaint from a parent is received the matter is investigated. Once the facts are known, appropriate steps are taken. If the facts show a complaint is unfounded the parent is informed. If the facts show a complaint is accurate or partially accurate, corrective measures are taken and the parent is informed.

Information regarding a specific student, staff member or parent is confidential and cannot be shared. There are times when a parent may not want to accept the facts. There are times when a parent may not agree that the steps taken are appropriate. The District will only act on the facts. The District is bound by laws and regulations. There is no need for additional information when an issue has been addressed fairly and responsibly based on facts. The District cannot and will not engage in spreading rumors and gossip.