Two Texas teachers have been charged with misdemeanours after 24 kindergarten students were allegedly told to slap the so-called class bully.
Aiden Neely, 6, took the brunt of the unusual punishment after he was accused of being a bully at his school near San Antonio, ABC News reports.
The teachers, including the classroom teacher who ordered the exercise and a colleague who allegedly failed to report the incident to the principal, were both fired.
"He was hit on the head, in the face, on the back. And all the kids hit him twice," said Amy Neely, the boy's mother.
"He had friends in that class, and friends didn't want to hit him, but the teacher instructed them to."
While the incident occurred last month, Ms Neely said her son was told by his teacher not to say anything.
Ms Neely was only informed when the principal called weeks later.
The school's district police say they are doing everything they can to make sure similar incidents won't happen again.