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Teacher dismissed for ordering feces cleaned up

September 24, 2005

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— A substitute teacher been told not to come back to a Wichita school after she told misbehaving students to clean up the mess left when someone defecated in the back of a fourth-grade classroom.

Several parents at Gammon Elementary School raised concerns, said school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman. The teacher, whose name was not released, was filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.

After discovering the feces Tuesday, Arensman said three students began laughing and acting up. That's when the teacher assigned the punishment. It was unclear who had defecated or if it was done purposely.

No decisions have been made about whether the teacher will be allowed to teach at other schools.

Cheryl Ward, who has a kindergartner and second-grader at Gammon, said the teacher's actions could have put the children's health at risk.

"There can be hepatitis and all sorts of things spread through human feces," said Ward, an emergency medical technician. "It just doesn't make sense to have children cleaning that up."

Arensman said she spoke with the teacher.

"She was more upset that news stories about this are making the school and her kiddos look bad," she said. "It's really unfortunate."

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