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Lincoln County parents upset over letter their children were forced to write

Parents of students at West Hamlin Elementary school are furious after a handwritten letter was sent home with each student in a second-grade class. Those parents calling for action to be taken against the teacher who allegedly forced the students to write the letters to them asking them to give them medicine for behavioral issues. (WCHS/WVAH)

Parents of students at West Hamlin Elementary school are furious after a handwritten letter was sent home with each student in a second-grade class. Those parents are calling for action to be taken against the teacher who allegedly forced the students to write the letters to them, asking them to give them medicine for behavioral issues.

"She said she was done with doing all of it," second-grader Dillon Bailey said.

Bailey said it was the most he's ever written. Multiple students say they were forced to write about their bad behavior and give it to their parents to sign.

Here is what the letters said:

"Dear parent or guardian,

I have not behaved at all this whole year so far. I run my mouth all the time even though I know I shouldn't. I play all the time and don't pay attention. I am very disrespectful to my teacher and everyone else too. I wiggle around and squirm all the time instead of pay attention. I will not be still in my seat or in line. Anything my teacher gives me, I just destroy. Please sign so Miss. (Name of teacher) will know you have read it. Also if I'm supposed to take medicine please be sure to give it to me."



We asked Dillon Bailey what lead up to the letter and if the class was being bad. He said yes and admitted the class was being loud while the teacher was testing students.

"They kept coming up there and cutting off and all that, then we had to write the letter," Bailey said.

Multiple parents, whose kids were in the class, feel the letter crossed the line. They hope the school takes action.

"She needs her teaching license taken away from her. This has been going on for years and years," said mother, Terrie Dean.

Another parent, whose child had the same teacher last year, Bobbi Bailey, says she thinks the teacher is bullying the students, " it's very unprofessional and I think she should lose her job."

Questions now linger in their second graders' minds.

"The medication part, he was confused and wanted to know why he would need to be put on medication?" Dean said.

Many parents said this isn't the first issue they've had with this teacher and they wish this would have been handled more professionally.

"If you have a problem with a child, go to their parents and have a meeting. I've tried to talk to her myself and she just brushes you off," said mother, Trish Porter.

West Hamlin Elementary Principal, John Roy, said the school is aware of the situation and is gathering more information, but cannot discuss personnel issues.

Eyewitness News has filed a Freedom of Information Request with the school system to find out if this teacher has ever had any incidents like this in the past. Stick with us for the latest on this story.

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