KISSIMMEE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Kissimmee special needs teacher is under investigation for allegedly using hot sauce to discipline students.

According to WFTV, teacher Lillian Gomez poured the spicy liquid over crayons in her classroom last fall to prevent her autistic students from putting them in their mouths.

Now, her job at Sunrise Elementary School in Kissimmee is in jeopardy. She was reportedly suspended and removed from the classroom as soon as school officials were told of her actions.

The school declined to comment on the matter when CBS Tampa called for information.

Dana Schafer, the director of community relations for the Osceola County School Board, told CBS Tampa that the matter is under investigation, but declined to offer details, pending confirmation.

“There are allegations made that she used improper behavior modification techniques,” she added.

For some parents, Gomez’s suspension reportedly isn’t enough.

“I was really upset. I couldn’t believe it. Honestly, I was like how can a teacher of so many years do something like that,” Karina Holguin told WFTV. “They got to be traumatized, especially for a kid who can’t express himself like any other children that can tell you this hurts or doesn’t hurt.”

Holguin added that two of the allegedly affected children were her 5-year-old nephews.


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