Livingston, TN - A first-year teacher from Overton County may lose his job after writing the word "stupid" across a student’s forehead with permanent marker, a district official told WSMV-TV in Nashville.
The math teacher has been suspended indefinitely, Matt Eldridge, director of the Overton County Schools, told the NBC television station.
"We're here to help the children and not to hurt them," Eldridge said, adding "One word can break a child. I mean, I've got three children. I wouldn't want it done to mine."
"The teacher said, 'I was trying to joke with him,' and of course, I said, 'That’s not the way you joke with anyone,'" Eldridge said.
Allons Elementary is a K-8 school with a few hundred students just outside Livingston.
"It's kind of one of those mistakes that's hard to correct," Eldridge said.