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What's up with the taping of students to chairs?



Duct-tape Maybe it's time for Tampa Bay area schools to take a closer look at their tape requests.

Today's news reports include not one but two incidents of families complaining that their children's teacher used tape to restrain them.

Bertha Sosi has sued the Hillsborough school district, saying her daughter was traumatized when her Mintz Elementary kindergarten teacher used packing tape to secure her to a chair. The School Board's lawyer has confirmed that tape was used, but it was only a single 12-inch strip across the girl's lap, so "the tape was not truly a restraint."

In Manatee, the Sheriff's Office is investigating an elementary teacher who is accused of duct taping an unruly student to a chair and then displaying the boy to his classmates, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Both districts' accounts say the teachers were trying to get the children to sit still, when other efforts failed. Certainly not always the easiest job, as any parent will acknowledge. But with tape? As if it's not hard enough for good teachers to keep the public's respect.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:19am]


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