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The Duct Tape Chronicles | Indoctrination

The Duct Tape Chronicles

Here’s a list of cases in recent years where teachers used duct tape on school children. So very sad. Please share IndoctriNation with family, friends, and neighbors.

  • A Denver school secretary who taped the mouth of a six year old was fired, and sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor child abuse, in February of 2010
  • In March of 2009, a Rison, AR elementary teacher was fired and charged with false imprisonment and tampering, for taping student’s mouths and taping them to chairs.
  • A substitute teacher who taped the mouths of two students and restrained them by taping them into their chairs was given two years of probation and eighty hours of community service in July of 2008.  The incident took place at Harvard Elementary in McHenry County, IL.
  • In January of 2009, a Lafayette, Indiana school teacher was fired for taping the mouth of a special needs student.
  • In January of 2008, a teacher at the Driscoll School in Brookline, MA was fired for taping the mouth of a 12 year old student.
  • In September of 2007, a Salazar Elementary School substitute was “dismissed within minutes” after taping the mouth of a seven year old student.
  • A substitute teacher in Terre Haute, Indiana was fired after taping the mouths of several students in May of 2005.
  • In January of 2004, a substitute teacher at Norwood Elementary School, in Sacramento, CA taped the mouth of a first grade student shut “to keep him quiet”.  The substitute teacher was fired.
  • A substitute teacher at the Bruce School in Lawrence, MA was immediately fired for taping the mouths of 20 of her students in February of 2003.
  • A teacher’s assistant at Park Hills Elementary, in Spartanburg, SC was fired in December of 1997 for taping shut the mouth of a student.
  • In January of 2011, a San Antonio, TX elementary school teacher was placed on leave after taping the mouth of a seven year old student.
  • In January of 2011, a teacher in Schertz, TX was placed on administrative leave for taping the mouth of a handful of students at Schertz Elementary School in December 2006.
  • A teacher’s aide at Flintstone Elementary in Prince George’s County, MD was placed on leave for taping the mouth of a student in March of 2009.
  • In May of 2008, a teacher in Cleveland, TX was placed on administrative leave for taping the mouth of a five year old student shut.
  • A Bakersfield, CA teacher was placed on administrative leave in December of 2006 for duct taping the fingers and mouth of a student at Bakersfield High School.
  • A teacher at Sidecreek Elementary in Aurora, CO was placed on leave after he wrapped tape around a fifth grader’s head several times, covering his mouth.  The incident occurred in May of 2005.
  • A teacher at the Della Lamb charter school in Kansas City, MO was suspended without pay for taping the mouth of a six year old student.  Missouri child welfare authorities are investigating.
  • A metro Nashville, TN teacher was suspended in February of 2009 for taping several students’ mouths shut, and taping one student into a chair.   The teacher taught at Park Avenue Elementary.
  • The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district in New York settled a lawsuit in September of 2007, arising out of a 2004 incident where a teacher taped the mouth, nose, eyes, and ears of a student for talking during class.  The teacher involved was suspended for thirty days without pay.

One Comment

  1. Dr. G

    I’m a conservative Christian teacher working extremely hard in the public school environment to help inner city teens turn away from dependency upon the government – and to help them make moral, ethical choices in their lives. I just counted (probably counted incorrectly), but somewhere around 19 instances listed here spanning something like 7 years in time.

    I recognize that there is evil in the world – and in the public school systems – and there is also just plain stupidity as well. But there are approximately 7,200,000 public school teachers in the U.S. EACH year. The actual incidence of duct-taping is statistically insignificant. This does not mean that it is acceptable, nor does it mean that it should not be decried. However, it is inflammatory to call out instances like this and paint all of public schools as wicked places. Bad things can (and do) happen in Christian schools, too.

    I’ve seen some pretty awful teachers out there…everything from incompetent to lazy to actionable, and I’ve watched unions protect teachers that have no right to be in the classroom. But I’ve also seen amazing public school educators who are effective, peaceful, kind, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

    My own 3 children went to public schools because my husband and I could not afford to send them to private schools (although to be fair, we did home school them through Middle School and they went half day to high school half day with me) – and all 3 of my children (age 18, 20, and 22) are God-loving people who are striving to make a positive difference in this world.

    It is easy to advocate a “mass Exodus” from public education – but it is hardly practical. I do believe in vouchers. I believe in charter schools, and home schooling, and school choice – and I believe that ALL children deserve to have an education that is safe and moral. I work from within “the system” to try to bring this into being. I think that flagrant hyperbole, however, does not help the cause. I believe that it just makes normal, reasonable people take a step back and wonder at the sanity of “radical Christians.” Jesus reached out to sinners and did not recommend that the Jews separate themselves entirely from “the rest of the pack.” He did not suggest a mass exodus and isolationism. Yes, we are to have discernment, and there is no way I’d allow my child to be taught certain things in a public classroom, and yes, we need to be a solid voting block for Wisdom and Fruits of the Spirit values – but I cannot agree with pulling Christian children out of public school as “the” solution to the problem. Surely there must be other sane and rational ways to solve it!

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