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Mom: Teacher forced 5-year-old to dig in toilet

Mom: Teacher forced 5-year-old to dig in toilet
Mom: Teacher forced 5-year-old to dig in toilet(NBC News)
Updated: Mar. 13, 2021 at 7:37 AM EST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK/NBC News) - A mother is calling for the termination of a kindergarten teacher after her child says he was forced to dig in the toilet with his bare hands.

Ashley Murry said she was horrified when her 5-year-old told her what happened at school.

“It’s degrading for a child so I don’t feel like any child should have to go through this,” said Murry. “They basically made him go in the toilet and get his feces and the dirty tissue out of the toilet.”

Ashley’s son is a kindergartener at Crystal Hill Elementary School. She said as soon as she found out, she jumped into action.

Ashley pulled her son out of the classroom and enlisted the help of her mother, Tami Murry.

“You want a child to put their hand in there physically and clean out the commode? No, no, no, no, no. He’s not a janitor, he’s not a custodian, he’s not maintenance, no, not at all,” said Tami Murry.

Pulaski County Special School District said they are actively investigating the situation. Meanwhile, Ashley said the teacher called her personally.

“She got on the phone with me and she said she didn’t have an explanation, she just knew she was wrong. But she stated to the principal that she was trying to teach how not to stop up the toilet,” said Ashley.

“I told her that’s not good enough for me,” said Tami.

The mother, grandmother duo said something more than a phone call needs to be done.

“She needs to be terminated because you don’t treat kids like this. He is a kid,” said Ashley.

“I don’t ever want this to happen to another child again,” said Tami.

According to the school district, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the situation is being investigated. We have not been able to reach the teacher for comment.

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