DUNEDIN, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A pre-kindergarten teacher has been suspended after using a garden hose to clean a child who soiled his diaper during school hours.

According to the official notes on the Pinellas County Schools’ website detailing the incident, on Oct. 28, Wilson took the unidentified student aside during the class’ outdoor activity time when she discovered that he had soiled himself.

A plant operator who loaned Wilson a pair of gloves and a hose for the task also assisted by holding up a towel to offer the child some privacy.

Wilson then removed the child’s pants and soiled diaper, before using what is described in the report as “low pressure water” to wash the child.

Afterwards, she put his pants back on and took him to the classroom to replace the used diaper.

Andrea Zahn, director of communications for Pinellas County Schools, told CBS Tampa any disciplinary actions taken must first be approved by the county school board.

The disciplinary actions recommended for Wilson were approved on Dec. 6.

According to the board, Wilson was in violation of several policies, including “failure to perform the duties of the position” and “inappropriate or disparaging remarks to or about students or exposing a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement,” as well as others.

Her suspension will last 10 days, and will be without pay.


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