April 23, 2009
Yakima, Washington (The Weekly Vice) -- Susan Graham, a 58-year-old teacher at Apple Valley Elementary School in Yakima, Washington is facing scrutiny after creating a stink over a 5-year-old student's potty training prowess.
West Valley School District officials are investigating after a kindergarten teacher reportedly sent a 5-year-old student home with his own feces packed into his backpack.
When the student returned home from school Friday, his mother reached into his backpack to make an alarming discovery. Inside a plastic bag was the child's fecal matter along with a note that stated "This little turd was on the floor in my classroom".
Outraged over the find, the boy's parents contacted the district, which sparked an investigation into the reasoning behind the teacher's actions.
On Friday, the father said he received a call from the teacher informing him that her class stunk and asked if his son may have had an accident.
According to reports, the fecal matter was placed in the boy's backpack after it was found on the classroom floor. The boy's parents admit to going to the school on two occasions in the past to clean up their son after bathroom accidents - but say their son has never had an accident in class.
Whether the offending feces came from their son or not, the boy's parents are angry at the teacher's method of handling the situation.
"I'm still kind of in shock over this, because why would somebody do this? It's disgusting," said the boy's father.
School officials, who met with the family on Wednesday, say they are trying to work with family to resolve the issue. The teacher has not been disciplined over the matter.
They boy's parents asked that their son be placed in a different class for the rest of the school year. They are also considering the option of placing the boy in another school.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Considering most schools have a janitor and/or janitorial staff on site - what in blazes could this teacher have been thinking? What will she do the next time a kid throws up in class? This case screams early retirement or a reprimand at the very least.
The Weekly Vice
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