POMONA, Calif. (PIX11) — A Southern California teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of making a student eat from the trash.
The incident took place Wednesday at Alcott Elementary School in Pomona.
According to KTVU, Gilbert Lopez, 10, said he threw away his lunch when he wasn’t hungry.
Lopez said after he threw his food away, the teacher asked him to pull his sandwich from the trash and finish it.
“It made me feel sad, because a lot of people were watching me and they laughed, Lopez told KTVU.
A student who witnessed the incident reported it to the principal.
The student said that Lopez was too embarrassed to tell anyone about what happened.
The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the school district investigates.