A Florida teacher is under fire for allegedly forcing a four-year-old boy to unclog a dirty toilet with his bare hands.
The child’s mother claimed that a pre-kindergarten teacher at Rymfire Elementary School doled out the harsh punishment after the little boy clogged the toilet during “bathroom time” by using too much toilet paper, according to reports.
“The teacher said he used too much toilet paper and made him reach his hand in the toilet and grab out the toilet paper with his bare hands,” Tiffany Huffman told WKMG ClickOrlando.
The educator, who has not been named, allegedly admitted to the punishment, but said the toilet was clean, the infuriated mother told the television station.
“It’s endangered his health,” Huffman said. She told WKMG her son had cuts on his hands and that “anything could set in” in the tiny openings.
“…[H]e won’t be going back into her classroom, that’s for sure,” she said.
An official at Rymfire Elementary School declined to comment
The Flager County School District said in a statement to INSIDE EDITION it is investigating.
"We immediately investigated the parent’s concerns and our findings indicate that the child was told
to remove the paper towels. Our findings also indicate there was no waste in the toilet," the statement said.
"These actions are not acceptable in Flagler Schools," Superintendent of Flagler Schools Jacob Oliva said in the statement. "We seek to provide a safe and supportive environment for all of our students. When there is a concern that this environment is compromised, we take appropriate actions."
The director and district said they have been in "constant contact" with the parent as the investigation goes forward.
The employee has been temporarily reassigned pending the completion of the full process, the statement said.
The district told WKMG it will decide by Friday if the teacher should be disciplined.