Miss. Teacher Accused Of Student Abuse

A Mississippi elementary school principal is fighting for her job after being accused of withholding food from a special needs student and forcing the second grader to stick out his tongue as a form of punishment.

West Amory Elementary School Principal Leigh Todd allegedly made the boy stick out his tongue March 7 as punishment for sticking out his tongue and telling a teacher to shut up.

During a public hearing Tuesday, Amory Superintendent of Education Gearl Loden called the punishment “abuse,” according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Loden has recommended that Todd be fired.

Todd’s witnesses have not yet testified. The hearing was delayed until the parties can work out scheduling.

Todd’s attorney, Jim Waide, has said the punishment was approved by the parents. That has been disputed.