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Parent files federal complaint against Stevens Point teacher over graduation gift

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - The parent of a special education student in Stevens Point has filed a federal complaint, after her daughter received a graduation gift of cleaning supplies from her teacher.  

Meanwhile, the school district issued another statement Friday defending Life Skills instructor Sue Felder. Officials said she would not be disciplined.  

Alyssa Alvarado was in a program that teaches independent living skills to youngsters with cognitive disabilities. For graduation, Felder gave the girl a package that included toilet bowl cleaner and cleanser.  

Alyssa told her mother that the teacher said she'd be "scrubbing toilets" for a living. Felder bought the gifts with her own money.  

On Thursday, the school superintendent apologized and said teachers would give out more appropriate gifts in the future. Friday, Stevens Point school officials defended Felder's actions, saying they were meant to "reinforce the independent living skills and other gains that students had made during their time in the program."  

The girl's mother, Lisa Kingsbury, said she filed a complaint with the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights. Kingsbury wants Felder terminated, but the district says that's not an appropriate response.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)