A Maryland substitute teacher taped a second-grader to chair

December 1, 2018

An Anne Arundel County (Maryland) substitute teacher made good on her promise to tape a student to his desk, and now she may be out of a job for what the school district described as “playful.”

An Anne Arundel County substitute teacher made good on her promise to tape a student to his desk, and now she may be out of a job for what the school district described as “playful.”

School officials sent out a letter to parents of students at Lake Shore Elementary School on Thursday night to inform them about the incident. The letter says the teacher told the student to return to his seat, and if he did not, she would tape him to his chair. It says the child thought the comment was funny, but the teacher proceeded to tape the student to the chair.

“The teacher said, ‘If you don’t sit down, I’m going to tape you to your seat,’ and the child said, ‘Well, OK,’ and so the teacher did exactly that,” Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said.

The principal said she learned of the incident from a parent Wednesday night and alerted police. In a letter to parents, the principal said, “I was shocked and appalled upon hearing about this incident. Our school is a place where every child is embraced, loved and nurtured.”