WASHINGTON: Teacher packs poop in 5-year-old's backpack
Posted: April 23rd, 2009 - 10:50am
A father and mother in Washington state are outraged after their 5-year-old son was sent home from school, allegedly forced to carry a package of human feces along with an embarrassing note from his kindergarten teacher.
"This little turd was on the floor in my room," said the note from Susan Graham, an instructor at Apple Valley Elementary School in Yakima, Wash.
"I'm still kind of in shock over this, because why would somebody do this? It's disgusting!" said the boy's father, wishing to be identified only as "Jason."
Seattle's KOMO-TV reports the incident occurred last Friday, as Graham called Jason to say her classroom was "stinky." The teacher asked if the boy might have had an accident.
Jason acknowledged the possibility, since his son had some accidents in the classroom previously, and he informed Graham there were extra clothes in the boy's backpack.
He says his son rode the bus home, and his wife made the disturbing discovery when the child arrived.
"She found a clear plastic bag with a piece of fecal matter wrapped up in a brown paper towel with the note on it," he told the station.
"What would have happened if it had stayed in there and she hadn't checked the bag? And other kids were playing on the bus and it got out? And it's a very hazardous thing. It's disgusting!"
KOMO says both Graham and the school's principal, Karen Craig, are being questioned by Peter Ansingh, superintendent of the West Valley School District, and officials are planning to meet with the family next week.
Jason, meanwhile, is asking that his son be given a different teacher for the rest of the school year.
The case has sparked a flood of comments on KOMO's messageboard, including:
* If the teacher still has a job after this, then we as a society get what we deserve. This sub-human does not belong in any place of employment where they have control over children.
* This isn't merely disgusting, it's cruel. If this child has accidents in the classroom, then that is a serious matter and should be dealt with collaboratively by the teacher, parents, administrators, and pediatrician. It is not something that should be used to humiliate a 5-year-old child. Something is really, really wrong with this teacher; the language in the note is even hostile and glib. You can really feel the contempt the teacher has for this kid, and he should be moved out of her class a.s.a.p. to protect what's left of his dignity.
* As the 5-year-old victim's grandmother, there are some facts I'd like to clear up. His accidents have to do with "cleanup" and it's only happened maybe three times this school year. My son has gone to the school to clean his son when he was alerted that his "tissue" technique was a bit flawed and the teacher has NEVER had this responsibility. This was something that wasn't disclosed – as my son & daughter-inlaw were still in a state of shock – they realized that my grandson was in his special ed. classes in another facility when Mrs. Graham phoned my son to tell him about the so-called stench in her classroom on Friday morning – he wasn't there! The superintendant hasn't contacted them as of this writing and my son sent e-mails to the principle at Apple Valley School and the superintendant's office on Friday evening. The principal said she would look into it and that is their only contact to date from the district.
* I have to agree with the teacher on this one. It sounds like she came up with a creative way to discipline the kid. Despite the fact that the kid is young, he should know better by age 5. According to the article, he has had several other accidents in the past. I bet the kid learns his lesson and doesn't have another accident!
* Kudos to this teacher. The parents are responsible for teaching their child basic hygiene and potty training not the school system. Sounds like the parents and the brat don't believe they have any responsibility or know right from wrong. Give this teacher an award for not being politically correct and teaching the parents and the brat a lesson.
* I don't think I ever heard of a 5-year-old pooping his pants, in school, then having the turd roll out onto the floor. Are the parents dressing him in boxers? Come on! Did the teacher force him to stay put in his chair? Something stinks about all of this.
* I smell a lawsuit.