Parents: Teacher told boy, 10, to lick doodles off desk

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Updated: 5/06/2013 10:50 pm

TROY, N.Y. - Parents of a 10-year-old Troy elementary school student say their son was told to lick his desk clean by his teacher.

George and Latonia Spencer say their son was caught doodling on his desk at School 16 and, according to them, the teacher directed their son to lick the desk to clean up the marks.

According to the child's parents, it was only when the boy began to gag that the teacher told him to grab some paper towels and wipe it off.

The Spencer's say they were successful in having their son placed in another classroom.

But the former teacher made things worse, they say, by telling their son's friends to not talk to him, further alienating their son from his peers.

George Spencer, who is an educator himself, and his wife say the apparent incident happened in February. They say they are coming forward now because they feel the district has done little about it.

They say the teacher was never reprimanded or suspended and never offered an apology.

The NEWS CENTER has placed calls with the Troy School District and is currently waiting to hear back from them.

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