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Fla. teacher uses hot sauce to discipline children

A Florida teacher put hot sauce on crayons to make sure her students would stop putting them into their mouths.

February 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A special needs teacher at Sunrise Elementary in Osceola County, Fla. has been suspended for allegedly using hot sauce to make students behave in class.

According to parents, Lillian Gomez put hot sauce on crayons that belonged to the autistic children in her classroom in order for them to stop putting the crayons into their mouths.

"I was really upset, I couldn't believe it. Honestly, how can a teacher of so many years do something like that?" said Karen Holguin, the aunt of two students in Gomez's classroom.

Gomez was removed from the classroom and suspended this month when district officials found out about the incident.

The Superintendent at Sunrise Elementary and other school officials are requesting Gomez be fired.

A termination hearing is set for Gomez later this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.