LA Parent: Do Not Tell Child They 'Waste Time'

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The parent of a Minden, La., fifth grader claims the elementary school her son attends went too far in its efforts to discipline him.

Kristal Bolyer said her 10-year-old son Justin Billups, who attends E.S. Richardson Elementary School, was punished by his teacher for acting out in class.

Billups was told to write out the school's behavior paragraph that was published in the school's handbook two times on the blackboard.

Bolyer said several of the sentences are too severe for young children.

One line implies that information missed by acting out could keep the child from getting into college or getting a job later in life.

But it's another line Boyler strongly disagrees with, which states: "I waste their efforts or time and money when I do not pay attention."

"For them to tell me, or to tell my child, that I'm wasting my time and money on them-- it's not their right. And no child should ever have to hear that from anybody," Bolyer told Shreveport television station KTBS.

"I agree that my son needed to be punished, but I think these lines are too harsh for a 10-year-old," she explained.

"The school will select an alternative punishment for Bolyer's son, should he misbehave again," School Superintendent Steve Dozier told the station.

However, Dozier defended the paragraph in the handbook.

"No where in this document does it say anything about a child being a waste of time. It is a document to show a child the negative side of what his/her behavior does to them," he said. "We are creating a positive version of this as well."

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