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Houston Teacher Instructed Class to Slap Student's Face: Parents

A Houston couple says their 14-year-old son's teacher instructed other students to slap him during class.

Parents of a Houston middle school student are fuming after their son's teacher allegedly instructed children in the class to slap his face, reducing the young boy to tears.

Gavin Norman, 14, told his parents that the slapping started after he had been joking with his teacher, who then ordered the other students to slap him, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.

"(They) were hitting me so hard that my glasses broke," Gavin told the station. "I had a knot on my head."

He said he was crying and that his teacher did nothing to stop the other kids.

School district officials overseeing Frank Black Middle School told KPRC that four students were "disciplined" and that the boy's teacher was "reprimanded."

Police "conducted a thorough investigation and presented their findings to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, but charges were declined," the school district said in a statement.

Gavin’s stepfather, Jaime Jaso, said more should have been done and the family is evaluating potential legal options.

"This is an absolute farce," Jaso said of the school district's reaction. "Having the teacher continue his normal duties is a slap in the face."

Parents of a child at Frank Black Middle School are outraged after they say their son was slapped by several students and that their son’s teacher gave the order. Skyler Norman said she was beside herself after her son, 14-year-old Gavin Norman, told her that he was assaulted at school.NBC News
— Erik Ortiz