A southeast Missouri teacher resigned last month after duct-taping a misbehaving seventh-grader to his desk and covering his mouth with tape, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday.
The parents of 14-year-old Tommy Brindley said the boy nearly suffocated before freeing himself about 15 minutes later.
It happened Feb. 19 at the elementary/middle school in Oran, a town of about 1,000 residents 120 miles south of St. Louis. The Oran School District has 370 students and two schools.
Tommy was in detention for being late to school three times, his father, Larry Brindley said. He began acting up during detention.
“He has attention deficit disorder, and he was misbehaving,” Larry Brindley said. “He had some kind of a sponge and was throwing it. He wasn’t being mean. He was just being ornery.”
The teacher, a 21-year veteran of the district, “just kind of snapped,” Brindley said.
Superintendent Tom Anderson said the teacher, whose name was not released, directed two other students to help her tape Tommy to his desk.
The students and the teacher used duct tape to bind Tommy’s hands and feet together and tape his body to the desk. The tape was also placed over his mouth, Anderson said.
And people wonder what my issue with public schools is. Ok – I know not all teachers are this stupid and impulsive – – and this is the first time, after all, that I’ve heard of a teacher duct taping the kid to the desk – – it’s not the action, however, it’s the attitude. Teachers, some – not all, don’t know how – – and eventually, don’t want to, deal with kids who don’t fit into their disciplinary box.
What I want to know is why this teacher wasn’t brought up on charges immediately. Could you imagine if a parent would have done this to a kid in their own home? Child Protective Services and cops would be milling all over that home and charging the parents with neglect, abuse…or some other such thing. This teacher worked for two days after this incident – – before she resigned the following week.
A simple resignation isn’t enough – I hope the family sues the shit out of the district. The teacher should lose her certification – be disallowed from teaching in any state, anywhere – ever. She should be brought up on abuse charges – – reckless endangerment (what if there had been a fire?) and anything else they can throw at her. Do you know how much it had to hurt to rip that duct tape off his mouth?
It’s this kind of shit that makes me intolerant as fuck.