A mother claims she had no idea that her first grader was being made to sit on a floor for weeks on end as a school punishment. She has since removed her daughter from the school, but wants answers. VPC
HOUSTON -- The controversial punishment of a first grader at Westwood Elementary ended with a teacher reprimanded and a family demanding answers.
The girl's family doesn't want to be identified but agreed to share their story.
The mother of the first grader admitted that her daughter drew a picture on her desk and got in trouble.
Mom said she got an e-mail from the teacher.
"She lost her recess, she went to the principal's office and then she had to wash the desk and that was it," she said. "I was never told that her desk was removed."
The day after the drawing incident, the little girl showed up to find her desk gone. The girl was reportedly told that she wouldn't get her desk back until 2nd grade.
She sat on the floor for more than four weeks until she finally told her parents.
"I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama," the mom told us. "She thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk."
Spring Branch ISD investigated and tells us the teacher was reprimanded for her classroom management. They also released in a statement saying:
"The family has been offered multiple opportunities to transfer their child, either to another teacher within the school or to any elementary school in the district where enrollment is not capped."
This mom chose to withdraw her daughter and has picked another school for the new year but the girl's little brother can't go with her because his grade is capped.
The whole experience has left this mom feeling helpless.
"I mean it's like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child," said the girl's mom. "The fact that I sent her there every day not knowing that that's what she was going into because nobody made me aware, it's horrible."
The mom has hired an attorney and filed a grievance with Spring Branch ISD. She says her daughter has been traumatized by the punishment and wants to make sure this doesn't happen to any other child.