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Teacher forces students to chew used gum

By Emily Baucum, News 4 Reporter
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SAN ANTONIO -- A sticky situation involving "ABC" gum - already been chewed - has the Northside Independent School District investigating a music teacher.

The teacher is accused of forcing two students to chew used bubble gum as punishment. She's now facing some punishment of her own.

NISD says two students at Vale Middle School did break the rules Monday by chewing gum in class, but that the punishment didn't fit the crime.

"This was not the best decision by a Northside teacher," NISD spokesperson Pascual Gonzalez says.

The teacher told the students to spit out their gum into a jar on her desk, "and pull out another piece of chewed-up gum from another student who was caught, and chew that gum," Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez says the 25-year-old teacher has worked for NISD for two years at Vale Middle School and Folks Middle School. He says until now, she's never been a problem.

He says the district is taking action because the punishment was embarrassing and unsanitary.

"It's pretty disgusting that a teacher would impose this kind of consequence on students," Gonzalez says.

Other parents are just now learning what happened. As she picked up her child from school, Jovita Ortega heard the news and worried the teacher went too far.

"Give them a warning," Ortega says. "But not to chew gum that has been chewed already. Especially having it in a jar."

The mother of one of the students who was forced to chew old gum tells News 4 she wants the teacher fired.

The district has put the teacher on paid leave. Gonzalez says further punishment will depend on what the district's investigation reveals.
 
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