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article imageTeacher writes 'stupid' on student's forehead, likely to lose job

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 16, 2011 in World
Livingston - A new teacher on the job is likely to see a short career if his superiors have any say about the matter. The newly appointed math teacher in a Livingston, Tennessee elementary school has found himself in some steep trouble.
Allegedly, Allons Elementary school teacher wrote the word 'stupid' with permanent marker across a student's forehead on Dec. 6 after the boy had asked a question in class. After the instructor answered the query, he purportedly took out the marker and proceeded to write the word 'stupid' on the eight-grade student's forehead.
According to WSMV, the teacher, Alex Boles, just started his job this past fall and, from the looks of it, it'll likely be a short term.
Matt Eldridge, the director of Overton County Schools said he is not happy with this incident, reported WSMV. The math teacher was suspended immediately after administrators found out what happened in the classroom.
"One word can break a child I mean I've got three children and I wouldn't want it done to mine," said Eldridge. "We're here to help the children and not to hurt them."
Seemingly the teacher tried to shrug the incident off.
"The teacher said, 'I was trying to joke with him,' and of course, I said, 'That's not the way you joke with anyone,'" Eldridge said.
The school district is hoping to fire the teacher, however will allow him to have due process, although the recommendation is to terminate Boles' employment.
ABC News reported the teacher is also being investigated for other "inappropriate behavior."
In a separate interview, with ABC, Eldridge said, "We're trying to get anyone who's witnessed other things." The director added the school district is talking with teachers and other faculty members. "At that point we're going to turn it in to our attorneys. They'll come back with what's warranted with [regard to] charges, and what's not."
Some are calling the teacher's judgment further into question because he'd not only wrote the word 'stupid' on his student's forehead, but wrote the word backwards so the boy would easily be able to read it when he looked in the mirror.
"The extra thought that went into it is especially troubling for those in charge of the district," reported WSMV.
KMOV reported the Sheriff's office is considering filing assault charges against the teacher.
Last month Digital Journal reported two incidents where teachers were caught on tape bullying their students.
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