UNION COUNTY, N.C. - A pair of Union County boys told their mothers their teacher put liquid hand soap in their mouths for talking too much.
Now, police are investigating the incident.
“They did it like this,” said 6-year-old Hasan Dubose and 5-year old Askaree Wells, motioning with their hands how soap was put in their mouths.
They said the incident happened Monday at Walter Bickett Elementary School in Monroe.
Their mothers are upset by the revelation.
Angel Winnegan said she found out Tuesday morning and could not believe what her son told her.
“My son told me that his teacher had taken him to the bathroom and had put hand soap into his mouth because he had talked too much,” she said.
Matilda Jackson’s son attends the same school and said the same thing happened to her son. She said her son was so upset by the incident he wanted to stay home from school Tuesday.
“I noticed my son was saying he didn’t want to go to school. That’s unusual for Askaree to say, ‘Momma, I don’t want to go to school,’” she said.
Both mothers contacted the school district and police.
Union County Schools officials would only confirm that there is an ongoing investigation and that the case has been handed over to police.
Monroe Police said officers are investigating, but are not ready to release anything more about the incident.
The lack of information has left both mothers frustrated and concerned.
“I want justice. I want my son to be able to get up in the morning and go to school in the morning and feel safe and not be terrified like he was this morning,” Jackson said.
“That’s my baby. You know, I don’t want this to happen to anybody else’s child,” Winnegan said.
Dubose has been removed from class while police investigate.