A middle school teacher in Brandon, Florida, has been placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly abusing students in her sixth-grade classroom.
ABC Action News reports that the teacher, Anna Garrett, handed back spelling exams to her class at Burns Middle School and allegedly instructed the students to trace the words that they had misspelled correctly onto sandpaper. A student said that she asked them to do this five times a day for five days in a row.
Sixth grader Josh Summer said that by the time he got to the 125th word, everyone at his table had bleeding fingertips. Josh’s mother Darleanna Summer was furious when she heard about the assignment. She said that if Garrett is reinstated, she won’t be sending Josh to Burns Middle School.
Other parents are also outraged and have called for Garrett’s firing. Hillsborough School District Superintendent Steve Hegerty said, "We do encourage teachers to think outside of the box and do things that may be more innovative, but if this is something that hurts kids, then it's clearly something we would discourage."
This is not the first time that Burns Middle School has upset parents with unorthodox teaching methods. Last September, a teacher brought a Ouija board into the classroom as a teaching tool, which some found offensive.
Both school officials and the local sheriff's office say that they plan to thoroughly investigate the incident to determine whether Garrett will lose her job.