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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:07 PM

Sandpaper Spelling Assignment At Florida Middle School Leaves Kids Bleeding, Parents Outraged [View all]

Sandpaper Spelling Assignment At Florida Middle School Leaves Kids Bleeding, Parents Outraged

Florida sixth grader Josh Sommer is upset that a school assignment has left him with a bloody scabbed fingertip.

Anna Garrett, a teacher at Burns Middle School in Brandon, Fla., handed students corrected spelling exams and told students to trace each corrected word five times on sandpaper, five times a day for five consecutive days. Josh, 11 years old, tells WFTS that his finger started to bleed by the 125th repetition.

"Then by the end of the time, my whole table was bleeding," he told WFTS. When students complained about the pain, the teacher reportedly told the children to sit down and keep quiet. "I didn't want to get yelled at by my teacher."

Parents are accusing Garrett, an educator of 27 years, of abusing children. She is on paid administrative leave until school officials complete an investigation and determine whether to bring her back into the classroom. The local sheriff's office is also investigating the incident.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/sandpaper-spelling-assign_n_2581732.html

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