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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