JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOX) – (UPDATED 2:56 p.m.) A substitute teacher has been suspended by the Riverview Gardens School District after handing out a stool softener to more than 30 sixth-grade students Friday.
District spokeswoman Melanie Powell-Robinson says the teacher was teaching a lesson on the digestive system when she offered students a plant-based, over-the-counter vitamin supplement.
“The substitute teacher offered two pills to be taken in class, and two additional pills to be taken home for the weekend with the expectation that the students would write an essay on Monday about the cleansing of their system,” she says.
Powell-Robinson says some of the students did take the pills, but reported no problems.
The teacher told administrators the lesson was about the difference between cleaning the outside of the body and the inside.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
Leaders of a St. Louis-area school district are investigating after a substitute teacher gave more than 30 sixth-grade students over-the-counter digestive supplements during a health lesson.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, Riverview Gardens spokeswoman Melanie Powell-Robinson says a bottle with a few remaining pills was confiscated after they were offered Friday to students at Westview Middle School.
Powell-Robinson says they were made of papaya enzymes, a plant-based digestive supplement with a listed side effect of stool softening.
It was not clear if any students ingested the pills. There were no reports of any students suffering any side effects.
The teacher told administrators she handed out the pills as part of a lesson plan on digestive health. Powell-Robinson says the teacher was immediately removed from the substitute list.
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