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(Scroll down for video) A school teacher was kicked out from the classroom after forcing students to write until their fingers started to bleed, according to press reports in Florida.
The school is receiving much criticism after the teacher used questionable methods to teach spelling to students.
Josh Sommer, a sixth grade student at Burns Middle School, said that her teacher Anna Garrett, asked her students to check their spelling errors in previous tests.
They had to trace the words with their fingers on a piece of sandpaper. Josh said his fingers began to bleed after some period of time.
"We had to draw letters like I and J," Josh said. "Then, at the end of that time, my entire table was covered with blood. I did not want my teacher to shout at me," he added.
Garrett apparently used heavy duty sandpaper, adopting the method of a Montessori school, which used the same technique on lighter paper.
Garret has been suspended pending an investigation.
"This is the only time that he has been injured and this will be the last," Darleana Sommer, Josh's mother said. "This makes me sick. It's hurtful," she added.