South Carolina school officials are investigating after a parent accused a teacher of throwing away her 6-year-old daughter's shoes and making her walk around barefoot.
The child's mother, Chartrese Edwards, tells WSPA that the incident happened last week at Simpsonville's Bryson Elementary School.
Edwards says her daughter told her the unidentified teacher had thrown away her shoes after repeatedly asking the child to stop messing with them in class. The girl says the strap was bothering her.
The child said she was embarrassed after having to walk around barefoot before the teacher told her to retrieve her shoes from the trash and put them back on.
Greenville County Schools District said in a statement: “Greenville County Schools is taking this family’s concerns very seriously. The district does not tolerate embarrassment or humiliation as a form of punishment. This matter is being thoroughly investigated by Bryson Elementary and by district administrators. The investigation is not yet complete. As this is a personnel matter, Greenville County Schools cannot release the teacher’s name or the disciplinary action taken, if the investigation determines that discipline is warranted.”
The mother has now set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 to send her daughter to private school. As of Wednesday morning, no one had donated.