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Teacher in Idaho face-drawing case keeps job

DECLO, Idaho — A southern Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Cassia County school board member Steve Lynch told The Times-News that Summer Larsen’s contract was renewed based on teacher evaluations performed by principal Rebecca Hunsaker. The newspaper could not reach Hunsaker for comment.

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Cindy Hurst said her 10-year-old son came home from school Nov. 5 with his entire face scribbled on with green, red, and purple markers.

‘‘He was humiliated, he hung his head, and wanted to go wash his face,’’ Hurst said at the time. ‘‘He knows he’s a slow reader. Now he thinks he should be punished for it.’’

An investigation found nine students who did not meet their reading goals were allowed to choose between staying in during recess or having their faces marked.

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