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Idaho Teacher In Face-Marking Incident Faces Probe

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DECLO, Idaho (AP) - A southern Idaho teacher whose students marked the faces of classmates who fell short of reading goals with permanent markers now faces a formal complaint.
    
The Twin Falls Times-News (http://bit.ly/UcSdwv ) reports that Cassia County School District filed the complaint against Declo Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Summer Larsen.
    
Now, the Idaho State Department of Education's Professional Standards Commission will examine the case.
    
The commission certifies teachers - and has the power to suspend or revoke teaching licenses.
    
Some parents and administrators in Declo, a small southern Idaho town, say the face-marking punishments given to six students in Larsen's class were inappropriate and left the children feeling shamed.
    
One 10-year-old arrived home in tears after his entire face - including his eyelids - was scribbled on with green, red and purple markers.

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