Slow readers can either miss recess or get face drawn on

    8:20 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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    DECLO, ID (CBS/KBOI) - A school district in Declo, Idaho confirmed if a child didn't reach their reading goal they could either miss recess or have their face painted on.

    Students were allowed to use markers to draw mustaches, goatees, and names on the faces of slower readers in the class.

    The district's superintendent says the fourth graders had a say in the decision, but parents are still divided on the issue. One parent says, "Not only was my son punished with bullying, but the other students were rewarded with bullying. They are being taught that bullying is ok and there is nothing wrong with this."

    Another parent, Carla Christensen says, "I am one of many parents that totally stands behind Summer Larsen and her teaching methods and what she does. We think she is a wonderful teacher and want her to stay at Declo for many years."

    There are 24 students in this particular fourth grade class. Nine of them did not reach their goal and six opted for the face painting over missing recess.

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