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A 12-year-old student was reduced to tears after her teacher allegedly called the student an inappropriate name.

The incident happened last week at Evangel Christian Academy School.

The parents are clearly still livid about the incident. They say the remark was overheard by other students in the class.

They say their daughter is well-mannered and polite girl,and hasn't had any problems until this.

A life science teacher at Evangel Christian Academy is suspended after allegedly referring to 12-year-old student a 'sassy slut' last Thursday.

At the mother's request, we are shielding the girl's identity to prevent future problems for her daughter being teased by others.

"I'm just still numb about what happened and the disciplinary action that the school had taken," said Mother, Marteen Mitchell.

The mother said she felt it was important that the teacher be disciplined, however, the six day paid suspension was not sufficient.

"No, I don't think it was fair at all they initially told me that she would receive one day suspension with pay and when I made it back to my job, I received a call from the principal that stated that the situation was serious and they wanted me to know that they would give her five additional days," said Mitchell.

"A paid administrative leave, I guess you would think it's a vacation but it's not . I want to tell you any teacher or school employee that I've ever dealt with, who has been put out on paid administrative leave is very upset about it, they are very upset about the fact that they have been accused of something," said Jackie Landsdale, President of Red River Teacher's United Federation.

Lansdale says while the situation is sensitive, the measure is a standard procedure for public schools.

"In public education, we have a policy that is actually an investigation policy, that once a teacher or school employee is accused, and it could be anything from corporal punishment...hitting pushing or shoving that kind of thing, if it happened or it is perceived to happen, what typically happens is the employee is put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation," said Landsdale.

KTBS did reach out to the school principal, Bud Dean, he said he had no comment.

And the mother says she doesn't want to see the teacher terminated, but she has never received an apology from the teacher. She has also never received an apology from the school.

The other side to this matter according to the public policy in the state of Louisiana, is if a student makes a false accusation against a teacher or a school employee, that particular offense is called for suspension.

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