houston, Texas -
A girl on a tree swing. The picture seems innocent enough but that drawing was done on a desk by a first grader at Westwood Elementary.
"We talked about it's not appropriate to write on school property or anyone's property for that matter and she said yes of course."
This mom who is hiding her identity to protect her daughter's she said the teacher told her that punishment was to clean the desk, miss recess and go to the principal's office. But there was one more penalty mom says was never mentioned.
"The teacher said you're not getting a desk back until the second grade"
All her classmates had a desk and chair but the 7-year old sat on the floor with a clipboard for more than four weeks.
"I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama because she thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk."
Spring Branch ISD investigated and tells us the teacher was reprimanded for her classroom management and that the family has been offered multiple opportunities to transfer their child, either to another teacher within the school or to any elementary school in the district where enrollment is not capped.
"She definitely has some fears going into the second grade."
This mom chose to withdraw her daughter and has picked another school for the new year but the girl's little brother can't go with her because his grade is capped and the whole experience has left this mom feeling helpless.
"I mean it's like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child and the fact that I sent her there everyday not knowing that that's what she was going into because nobody made me aware it's horrible."