Toilet Teacher

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:04pm

Teacher placed on administrative leave after making students clean toilets.

Besides learning reading and writing, some students at the Kennelly School in Hartford have also been learning lessons in cleaning toilets in a portable classroom.

According to a letter sent home by the school's principal, a teacher is now on paid administrative leave and under investigation for forcing children to clean a classroom toilet with household cleaning products

The practice has been going on for two years.

Parents identified the teacher as Catherine Saur, an art teacher.

The school flushed out the problem after a parent complained.

"That's not their job. It's their job to get an education, not clean toilets, right? Go to school to get an education that's a janitor's job," said Roland Labonte, a Hartford resident.

In his letter to parents, the principal says school officials were unaware of the teacher's toilet cleaning policy before receiving that complaint.

He also says be assured they've put a stop to that practice.

Some parents came to the teacher's defense.

"If you make a mess you clean it up. Why you make a mess and not gonna clean it up?" said Aileen Crabbe of hartford.

Most called the cleaning completely inappropriate.

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