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Mother: teacher tried to remove temporary tattoo with cleaning pad

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- A Jonesboro mother claims a teacher at a local daycare removed her child's temporary face tattoo with a magic eraser, leaving a chemical burn.

Amanda Pepion, mother of 4-year-old Austin Pepion, said a teacher at The Learning Center in Jonesboro tried to remove her child's temporary tattoo with a magic eraser leaving a chemical burn on his face.

On Friday Pepion noticed a big red mark on her son's face as soon as he stepped off the school bus.

"I picked him up off the bus and I called the school, the school nurse hadn't seen him," she said.

After getting in touch with a teacher, Amanda said she couldn't believe what they told her.

"That they had taken Germ-X and a magic eraser and gotten it off his face with a magic eraser." A magic eraser sponge that is used as a household cleaning pad.

"He's got chemical burns, we wind up going to the emergency room on Friday night," Pepion said. 

Austin attended The Learning Center, a special needs school, for speech therapy because he has trouble speaking.

"I don't know how hard it would be for her to hold him down and put a chemical on his face like that, she said. "He would have had to be screaming, in pain, and she had to have noticed that."

After reaching out to The Learning Center Barbara Pitcock, the director, released a statement about the incident saying:

       The Learning Center has received this complaint and acted on the allegations which were  made.We will continue to investigate this situation to monitor and assure the safety and welfare of the children we serve.

Pepion said her children will not go back to the Learning Center.

"They won't tell me who did it or why she did it. Both of my children go to this school and I've taken them both out of school," she said.

"I'll find a different school for them, somewhere where I know where the parents and the teachers are talking."

The doctor said the chemical burn could lead to a scar but Amanda is worried about the emotional scar.

"As soon as we took the band aids off he would go look in the mirror and start crying in the mirror," she said.

Amanda said she has a message for other parents.  

"Know what's going on with their children's daycares. We trust these teachers are going to take care of our kids."

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