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Slap in the Face

Gavin Norman, 14, says he was joking with a teacher at Frank Black Middle School when things turned serious: the teacher, he says, told the other students to slap him. They “were hitting me so hard that my glasses broke,” he says. “I had a knot on my head.” Police investigated, according to a statement from Houston, Texas, school officials, but the local prosecutor declined to prosecute — and for its part, the district says it “disciplined” four students and gave “a teacher who was in the classroom at the time of the incident” a reprimand. “Having the teacher continue his normal duties is a slap in the face,” says the victim’s stepfather, Jaime Jaso. “Our child’s had to see him every day knowing that this guy betrayed him.” (AC/KPRC Houston) ...So being “in the room at the time” rates a reprimand? Are you sure there’s not something else you want to tell us, district officials?
Original Publication Date: 14 June 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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