Florida Teacher Washes Student's Mouth Out With Hand Sanitizer
By Bill Galluccio
February 21, 2020
A science teacher from Polo Park Middle School in Wellington, Florida, has been suspended for washing a student's mouth out with hand sanitizer. The incident, which occurred in October 2019, began when the student refused to keep quiet during class.
The teacher, identified as Guyette Duhart, told the student, "You need to have your mouth washed with soap," and picked up a bottle of hand sanitizer. Duhart told investigators that she then placed the bottle over the student's mouth, but claims that he pumped it into his mouth.
The student immediately spat out the hand sanitizer and ran into the hallway. When the child returned to class, Duhart allowed him to rinse out his mouth with water.
After learning about what happened, school officials launched an investigation. They were able to corroborate the boy's story after speaking with other students in the class. Duhart was suspended for ten days without pay and will begin serving her suspension on March 12.
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