SIMPSONVILLE, South Carolina--There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Just ask Taraji Edwards, a six-year-old at Bryson Elementary.
Taraji wore a cute pair of sandals with a black bow and rhinestones to school, but the straps were bothering her. Her teacher noticed and asked Taraji multiple times to stop messing with her shoes.
When Taraji wouldn’t, the teacher forced the little girl to take off her shoes and throw them away. Taraji was barefoot until the teacher let her take the sandals out of the garbage and put them back on.
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Chartrese Edwards, Taraji’s mother, didn’t even realize anything was wrong until the next morning when Taraji refused to wear the sandals and started crying.
When Edwards confronted the teacher, she confessed.
Greenville County Schools District released the following statement: “Greenville County Schools is taking this family’s concerns very seriously. The district does not tolerate embarrassment or humiliation as a form of punishment. This matter is being thoroughly investigated by Bryson Elementary and by district administrators. The investigation is not yet complete. As this is a personnel matter, Greenville County Schools cannot release the teacher’s name or the disciplinary action taken, if the investigation determines that discipline is warranted.”
But Edwards is still angry and has started a GoFundMe page to collect donations to send Taraji to a private school.
“I feel embarrassed, and I did not like how she treated me…that’s not a way I can make friends,” Taraji told WSPA7, a CBS affiliate.
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There’s no word yet on whether or not the teacher has been disciplined, but we can only hope that Taraji found more comfortable shoes.