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ARLINGTON (CBS 11 NEWS) - Marquis Jay pulls out a pencil sharpener and shows the amount of shavings inside, "She poured the pencil shavings in my mouth."

The 8th grader at Boles Jr. High School in Arlington says it was a teacher who poured the pencil shavings in his mouth in January.

"I was sitting in class with my head tilted back and opening my mouth," says Jay. "Teacher came over and poured the pencil shavings in my mouth."

The 13-year-old says he immediately spit it out and was taken to the nurse's office where he washed out his mouth.

His mother Deidre Brown was called and she is still furious.

"I wanted to cry because it was like how could she do that," says Brown. "What kind of message is it sending to the kids? She is supposed to be the teacher – the adult."

Marquis says the teacher responsible wasn't assigned to his class and she had stopped by to help his teacher.

Friday morning, almost a month later, Brown says she was told the teacher was suspended. She says she wanted her fired.

"This incident is unacceptable and was immediately and fully investigated by the AISD when it occurred almost a month ago. The district took appropriate disciplinary action," says Amy Casas, Director of Communications with Arlington ISD. "The school has been in constant communication with the student's mother about this incident and other matters. At no time has mom expressed any concerns about the manner in which this situation was handled to the school or the district."

The family says they are talking now because they want to make sure what happened to Jay doesn't happen to any other students.

"I don't even think she should be teaching if she can't have the patience to not know that's not something she is not supposed to do," says Brown.

Marquis says the teacher is back at school and has apologized, "She said sorry for what happened. She wasn't thinking right."

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