In EastAllenCounty Schools, if a student acts up, corporal punishment is not a discipline option. But, a local mom is claiming her son's teachers violated that policy.
"The teacher has been placed on administrative leave, not only for the protection of the teacher but the integrity of the investigation” says EACS Superintendent Karyle Green.
According to police reports, a third grade, Village Elementary teacher spanked a student in front of the class, hard enough to leave a mark.
The mom found out what happened when her son got home from school. She noticed the boy was walking a bit funny. He said his butt hurt because his teacher spanked him. He said it was because he was acting up in class, that he threw a pencil.
The mom also says she found a red mark just below her son's belt line, a mark that wasn't there before.
Reports say the boy has learning disabilities. The district says the class wasn't for special-education students.
Today,Village Elementary parents reacted to the spanking allegations.
"I think it's not acceptable to spank in front of anybody” says one parent.
Another says "I think the teachers or administrators would need to get parents' consent to do that."
“It’s just not right for a teacher to discipline a student, especially in front of a whole class, pulling down their pants. That's ridiculous” says a third parent.
Superintendent Green also told FOX Fort Wayne today the allegation was reported to the child protective services, which is a step required with any allegation.
Today, FOX Fort Wayne called the teacher accused of the spanking, but he refused to comment on the situation. We are told that the teacher has been with the district for several years now.
Stay tuned to FOX Fort Wayne News for the latest on this story.