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SC First Grader Says Teacher Trashed Her shoes

Parents of a South Carolina first grader are demanding answers after they said a teacher threw away their 6-year-old daughter’s shoes in Simpsonville last week.

WSPA reports that Taraji Edward’s mother said she knew there was a problem when she was getting her daughter ready for school the day after the incident.

“She began to cry, ‘no mommy I don’t want to wear those sandals,’” Chartrese Edwards said.

According to the report, Edwards asked her daughter why and that’s when Taraji told her what happened.

Taraji, who attends Bryson Elementary, said her math teacher threw her sandals in the trash after she kept fidgeting with them.

“I was messing with my shoes, and the teacher told me eight times or seven, and I never listened,” she admitted.

She said the strap was bothering her last week. Taraji said the teacher made her walk around barefoot for a while before she was told she could go get her shoes from the trash and put them back on.

Her mother feels like the teacher’s actions were malicious.

“I’m angry about it because you [the teacher] could have used a better method,” she said.

As for Taraji, she felt singled out and humiliated.

“I feel embarrassed, and I did not like how she treated me…that’s not a way I can make friends.”

Edwards said she spoke with both the school’s principal and the teacher in question.

“She easily confessed,” Edwards said. ‘Yes I did. I told her to leave the shoes alone, and she did not listen to me.'”

In a statement sent to WSPA, Greenville County Schools said they were taking the Edwards’ concerns “very seriously” and that the district “does not tolerate embarrassment or humiliation as a form of punishment.”

Taraji’s parents have met with the district and reached out to the school board. While they want to see action taken against the teacher for what she did, they are not sure if they will send their daughter back to the school.