Teacher disciplined after forcing 1st grader to sit on floor for month because of drawing on desk

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HOUSTON -- A Houston mother is furious after finding out her first grader was forced to sit on the floor at school. The punishment went on for more than a month before the mother found out about it.

The student goes to Westwood Elementary.

"We talked about it's not appropriate to write on school property or anyone's property for that matter, and she said, 'Yes of course,'" said the girl's mom, who refused to give her name.

The mother said the teacher told her that punishment was to clean the desk, miss recess and go to the principal's office, but there was one more penalty mom said was never mentioned.

"The teacher said you're not getting a desk back until the second grade," the mom said.

All her classmates had a desk and chair, but the 7-year-old sat on the floor with a clipboard for more than four weeks.

"I asked her why did you not tell me, and she said I was too scared to tell you mama because she thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk," the mom said.

The school district investigated and said the teacher was reprimanded for her classroom management and that 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. 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 and 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."

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