UPDATE: Teacher Reprimanded For Sending Home Feces In Backpack

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A Washington kindergarten teacher who sent a 5-year-old student home with a bag of feces tucked in his backpack has been formally reprimanded.

A West Valley School District official warned teacher Sue Graham in a letter that similar behavior in the future will result in disciplinary action, including termination.

The boy's father had said his son arrived home in April with the plastic bag of feces and a note that read "This little turd was found on the floor in my room."

The boy was moved out of Graham's classroom after the incident. The May letter was released Thursday in response to a public disclosure request from KIMA-TV. The district had previously said "appropriate action" was taken against the longtime teacher.



Previous Story, April 2009:

A father says his son, a kindergarten student in the state of Washington, was sent home with a bag of feces in his backpack.

It happened to a five-year-old at Apple Valley Elementary School in Yakima.

The father says his son's kindergarten teacher had bagged up a piece of human feces and stuck it in his son's backpack with a note that read: "This little turd was on the floor in my room."

The father said he e-mailed school officials and got a response days later, aplogizing for the delay. He said he still hasn't talked to anyone about the matter.

The school's superintendent says the boy's teacher and the school principal are being questioned. School officials say they plan to meet with the student's parents next week.

The father says he wants his son placed in a different teacher's classroom for the remainder of the school year.


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  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    Something smells funny here!
  • by LOL Location: NC on Jul 4, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    LOL....a little "turd."
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 4, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    I you people were to expect the same from your kids as you expect from teachers maybe things would change. Teachers are not your full time baby sitter.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jul 4, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    LOL@Bob... some of these people need a "Fleets enema" but certainly not this little kid! ...Sorry, Sue Graham... I was on your side. At least he's not your problem anymore!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 4, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Sub teacher had the best response on this, but I would like to add if this lack of control had been going on awhile and the parents hadn't addressed the issue then why didn't the teacher let the prinicple deal with it. 2nd she would have had the janitor come clean it up, it sounds like she was just upset and mad and wanted revenge! I am grown and I have had accidents (not many luckily) when I couldn't get to a bathroom. come on people lighten up...alpha female's comments were funny!My friend OSOC you missed the BOAT (haha) on this one! I do agree the parents should have thought about depends or something like that, if this was an on-going problem. I still think some of the comments were funny!!! The teacher handled this WRONG! Let the Principle HANDLE IT, it may have been him?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Bet he doesn't leave a "little turd" on the floor in her room again.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    If you drop it, you tote it. Plastic baggie will be supplied.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Who gives a poop?
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 11:43 PM
    Hey Alpha, is 'Alaha' your cousin...LOL
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 4, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    T... I never said.. "poop in my yard", I said, "squat near my mailbox". ..There is a difference since my mailbox is across the street. My rottweiler is on an invisible fence.. hence I don't have dog problems in my yard. ...Nor do I have to call any emergency numbers. ..If a dog becomes a problem to me, I just cut off Bully's collar and then take it off the dog... and say two words... "GET IT". ..The dog is no more a problem! ...Still funny? ...I hope you enjoyed that poop in YOUR pants!
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