School: Sub Teacher Taped Kids To Seats

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

We've all heard about detention. Time-outs. Even writing on the chalkboard for bad behavior in class.

But LaToya Ramsey says what one substitute teacher did to her five-year-old son Monday isn't punishment-- it's abuse.

"The teacher tied the students with tape from the back of the chair to their abdomen," Ramsey says.

The sub allegedly duct-taped up to six kindergartners into their chairs, because Ramsey's son jokingly suggested that was a good way to make them stay seated. The school and the boy's mother tell us it wasn't until a special ed teacher at Northeast Elementary in Jackson witnessed it and got the principal that the woman stopped.

"What if the school caught on fire, or what if they had to use the bathroom, or what if they were wiggling around and fell over and hit their heads because they were tied to the chair?" Ramsey says.

"We antcipate adults will make adult decisions," says A'Lynne Robinson, Jackson School District spokeswoman.

Robinson says the teacher was supplied by substitute temp agency PESG, based in Caledonia. The teacher was kicked out of the school minutes after the incident.

"The district moved expeditiously to make sure she was removed from our list, and will never sub in our buildings," Robinson says.

PESG says they've investigated the incident and have taken the proper actions with their employee. They won't tell us what those actions are. Ramsey doesn't think it's enough.

"If she was just put on suspension, no," Ramsey says. "She needs to be terminated and not ever teach again."

Ramsey is even looking to press charges against the woman, whose identity the agency won't give up. She wants punishment for the punishment allegedly given to her child.

A PESG spokesman says the company employs about 30,000 substitute teachers around the state, and says this is completely out of the ordinary. The subs must go through hours of training and classes, and pass exams, before they're allowed to teach. The teacher has taught in Jackson before, and has no prior complaints.

Jackson Schools have used PESG substitutes since March 2007.

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  • by Maria Location: United States on May 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    Haha! I am sure it was all in good fun, but I would never have done it, simply because there are a lot of you who call "abuse" too quickly. True, there could have been a fire and that makes it dangerous. She won't make a mistake like that again.
  • by gvqu Location: Clovis on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    There was a teacher who told me she use to put a piece of yarn on her students legs while sitting in their chairs? Another teacher took it 1 step further and loosly tied their student to their chair with a scarf. The teacher asked if they could get out of their seat if they had to, and responded, "yes." The teacher was not getting no support from parents or teachers to get this student to do their work. Now, the parent wants to sue the district due to trama. Although this student and sister came in several times after to ask if the teacher needed help, even after the student was removed from the class. No students laughed at the situation (which was no more than 20 minutes) until some guest students told their teacher from another school, and brought it to the principal's attention. No trama here, just a negligent parent who's never been concerned for her child (according to the teacher)trying to sue the district for big money. No meetings, calls, or support from parent.
  • by Jennifer Location: Jackson on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    I talked with my child about this, who is 15, first of all she would have NEVER sassed a teacher like this, & second I would have told her, "thats what ya get for opening your big mouth, you deserve what ya get! & had ya ever said that to me, your mother, I'da super glued your butt to the da** seat!!!" There are consequences!!!! dont open your mouth if ya dont want the consequences!
  • by Holly Location: Holr on Jan 7, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    This sub teacher needs to be put into jail for abusing these students! I would also hope that she would be duck taped to her seat to see how she like it. She has major issues.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson on Dec 27, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Parents can not use physical disipline if they wanted to why should schools or teachers have that right. If a parent taped a child down they would have protective services called on them.
  • by Lisa on Dec 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    My daughter is a student in this classroom and she has mild autism. To my knowledge, she was not one of the kids that was taped, HOWEVER, I am infuriated that this happened. She talks about it and has no idea that this is wrong behavior on the teacher's part. Just a stupid thing for this teacher to do in the first place. I do not fault the school, or the regular teacher, we have been very pleased with our daughter's education. Terrible incident to happen to your child, and for those of you that criticize Ms. Ramsey, you should really grow up.
  • by dave Location: jackson on Dec 21, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    IF more PARENTS would teach there kids to be respectful, sassy little kids would not need to be disiplined like this. Use to be the fear of god from the teacher or your parent when you got home was enough to deter poor behavior at school.
  • by Jim Location: Jackson on Dec 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    The most effective way to get kids' attention and discipline thim (since you can't spank them) is to take their video games and cell phones away from them.
  • by John Location: Jackson on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Hey Latoya Ramsey it looks like you need to go back to school, your spelling is unbelievable. Probably uneducated looking for some easy cash. Hope your lawsuit goes well.
  • by Gilbert Location: Jackson on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    Remember when people used to tie thier children to hitching posts downtown with a leash or dog chain while the adults went shopping in the stores? Those were the old days and looks like those people (children) grew up without any problems.
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