Florida teacher suspended for putting hand sanitizer in student’s mouth

Posted at 8:17 AM, Feb 21, 2020

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A teacher at a Wellington middle school was suspended 10 days without pay by the Palm Beach County School Board after officials said she got mad at a student and put hand sanitizer in the child's mouth.

The school district says Guyette Duhart put hand sanitizer in a child's mouth at Polo Park Middle School on Oct. 15 because the student kept talking in class.

Duhart reportedly told the student that the child needed "to have your mouth washed with soap."

Several students allegedly witnessed the offense.

Duhart, a science teacher at the school, claims she "did not squirt any item into the (victim's) mouth."

Duhart's 10-day suspension without pay is set to go in effect Thursday, March 12.

The CDC website says swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning. From 2011 to 2015, the CDC says U.S. poison control centers received nearly 85,000 calls about hand sanitizer exposures among children.

This story was originally published by Scott Sutton on WPTV in Palm beach, Florida.