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Upstate family says a teacher threw their 6 year old's shoes in the trash as punishment

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We're asking questions about a form of discipline a Greenville County mother and father say was used on their 6 year old daughter at school.               

They tell us her shoes were thrown in the trash can by her first grade teacher at Bryson Elementary, and their little girl was later forced to dig them back out.

Her mother, Chartrese Edwards told us, “On Friday morning I went to put her sandals on her and she began to start crying and saying, ‘I don't want to wear those sandals mom.’  I asked her why and she said, ‘My teacher threw them in the trash can.’  And I said, ‘The trash can? Why would your teacher throw them in the trash can?’ And she said, ‘Because I was playing with them and she told me not to.’”          

The family told us it happened late last week, and after their daughter told them about it, they went to the school to talk to her teacher and the principal.  They ended up pulling her out of the school and are waiting for a resolution.

On Monday, they talked to the Greenville School District.  And the district says, they're investigating.

They released this statement to us:

Greenville County Schools is taking this family's concerns very seriously. The district does not tolerate embarrassment or humiliation as a form of punishment. This matter is being thoroughly investigated by Bryson Elementary and by district administrators.  The investigation is not yet complete. As this is a personnel matter, Greenville County Schools cannot release the teacher’s name or the disciplinary action taken, if the investigation determines that discipline is warranted.

 The family said they are still very upset.

“That's my baby.  I love her.  I raised her with dignity and respect to take care of herself, especially her appearance.  And you take shoes I bought for her and you throw them in the trash.  You don't have that right to do that, you don't have the right to take my baby's shoes off her feet and throw them in the trash and humiliate her in front of her peers.”

The Edwards said they are still waiting to come to a resolution with the school.  But they said, what they do know, is they don't want their daughter in her old classroom or school. 

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