Civil Rights Complaint Filed on Behalf Of Student Who Had Pencil Shavings Poured Into His Mouth

You’ve likely heard this story already, about the Arlington eighth-grader whose teacher poured pencil shavings into his mouth as a disciplinary action. The teacher was suspended, then allowed to return to work. All this: terrible.

The boy’s mother has now filed a civil rights complaint against the district. From CBS 11:

Local civil rights activist Kyev Tatum is representing the family in the case and says the complaint charges the district didn’t handle the teacher’s actions appropriately, that the boy involved was discriminated against because of his race and disability, and that the school was trying to cover up the whole thing.

“Instead of coming out clean and saying we don’t tolerate this, they decided to cover it up and let her go back to class,” said Tatum. “There’s no difference between what they did and the administration at Penn State [University] did.”

Well, that’s where we differ, I think. In one situation, a teacher poured pencil shavings into a boy’s throat. In another, an institution allowed a pedophile to molest multiple boys, for years. What happened at Boles Junior High School was terrible, yes, but don’t try to equate it to Penn State.