Student reportedly ordered to pee in trash can, kindergartener sent home alone

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County School board brought charges against teacher Karen Johnson.

They say she didn’t send a kindergartener to his daycare bus, but let him walk home across not one but two major highways and more than a mile to his home.

She’s suspended without pay.

The same punishment was given to teacher Gregory Matthews. He teaches English at Northwest Prep Academy in Midtown.

SCS suspended him after he reportedly refused to let a student go to the bathroom and allegedly ordered the student to urinate in a trash can instead.

Other students reportedly videotaped the incident.

Parents at these schools say something must be done.

“It’s sad to hear one of the teachers did that,” said Sheena Hatchett.

Parents say everyone makes mistakes, but some have consequences and the board needs to take this seriously.

“She should get in trouble you can’t do that, anything could happen,” said Kim Bateman.

The teachers were ‘charged’ by the school board, meaning a hearing on their tenure will take place, and they could face termination.


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