Complaint filed against teacher involved in face-marking incident

Complaint filed against teacher involved in face-marking incident

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Complaint filed against teacher involved in face-marking incident

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 4:36 PM

DECLO, Idaho -- A southern Idaho teacher whose students marked the faces of classmates who fell short of reading goals with permanent markers now faces a formal complaint.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports that Cassia County School District filed the complaint against Declo Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Summer Larsen.

Now, the Idaho State Department of Education's Professional Standards Commission will examine the case.

The commission certifies teachers -- and has the power to suspend or revoke teaching licenses.

Some parents and administrators in Declo, a small southern Idaho town, say the face-marking punishments given to six students in Larsen's class were inappropriate and left the children feeling shamed.

One 10-year-old arrived home in tears after his entire face -- including his eyelids -- was scribbled on with green, red and purple markers.

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