Teacher Suspended for Putting Hot Sauce on Crayons to Stop Autistic Students From Eating Them

A Florida teacher is in hot water after administrating some hot sauce-based discipline.

Lillian Gomez, a special needs teacher at Sunrise Elementary School in Kissimme, Florida, had a problem with some of her autistic students eating the crayons. So, she decided to dip the crayons in hot sauce. She's now been suspended.

Now, WFTV reports that some of the student's family members want the teacher fired.

"I was really upset. I couldn't believe it. Honestly, I was like, 'How can a teacher of so many years do something like that?'" Karina Holguin, the aunt of two of the young students, told the station. "They got to be traumatized, especially for a kid who can't express himself like any other children that can tell you this hurts or doesn't hurt."

They may just get their way. The Osceola school district superintendent has recommend that Gomez be fire for the Fall incident, and a termination hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Hot sauce-based child rearing is a bit of a blurry line. Putting hot sauce on a kid's thumb is an old trick for kids who suck their thumb a bit too much, but on the flip side you have the case of an Alaskan Mom who repeatedly forced her adoptive child to gargle hot sauce as a punishment.

Given that this teacher wasn't the children's parent and the developmental disabilities of the children involved, its no surprise that the superintendent decided that Gomez was on the wrong side of that line.

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