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TEACHER SUSPENDED: A teacher in Oakland, Calif., has been placed on administrative leave after forcing a 5-year-old girl to lick a chalkboard as punishment, the girl's godmother said.

The alleged incident occurred in November, when Tiana Powell wrote on the chalkboard after being told not to, said the godmother, Dorothy King.

School district officials would not comment. The Oakland teachers union confirmed only that the unnamed teacher had been placed on leave Jan. 24 and given a letter of reprimand.

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