One parent response: “So this specifically — I want to know, have there been any other teachers who taped masks to kids?”
The North Penn School District in Pennsylvania apologized after a photo emerged of a teacher at Pennfield Middle School taping a mask to a child’s face:
An image taken in one of our classrooms last week and circulating on social media does not represent the universal values that the North Penn School District strives to instill in both our students and staff. After an immediate investigation, it was determined that while the incident was isolated and no malice was intended, the actions of the teacher were entirely inappropriate and unacceptable, no matter the context.
We understand that the act of taping a mask to a student’s face is concerning to many and apologize that it occurred. The matter is serious and it is being addressed with the employee. However, all personnel and student matters are confidential and no further information can be provided.
The photo first appeared on the Facebook group North Penn Stronger Together on January 17. They did not say when the incident occurred.
Parents lined up to speak at a school board meeting on January 20. The parents demanded the school district fire the teacher:
“As parents and taxpayers, we deserve to know how this situation is being handled,” one woman said. “Because as of now, we heard the teacher, who is a special education teacher, is not arrested for child abuse, nor fired.”
One man was emotional at the microphone, saying, “So this specifically — I want to know, have there been any other teachers who taped masks to kids?”
Taping a mask to a child’s face is cruel. If she did this to a special education student it’s downright evil.DONATE
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