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Teachers Taking Discipline Too Far.

Posted by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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Teacher Shames Kids Who Misbehave With Dog Collars

Posted by Jeanne Sager

dog coneI have a theory about teachers. Some people get into it because they truly love the job and are made to mold young minds. And then there are teachers like the so-called "educator" who is facing dismissal from her post for forcing misbehaving students to wear Elizabethan dog collars when they misbehave.

Physical science teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp may lose her job for allegedly treating kids like dogs. Let's only hope. Because teachers like her put a pall on the whole profession.

We all want teachers who hold our kids' noses to the grindstone, because they get results. I know I learned a lot more from the teacher who had a militancy in his social studies classroom to the teacher who was flighty and floaty in her (subject shall remain nameless lest she navigate the interwebs) class.

But there are "strict" teachers. Then there are teachers who make school so horrific that our kids turn in the other direction. And what happened at Zephyrhills High School in Florida sounds like the kind of thing that would make a kid wake up in the morning and pitch a hissy over having to go to school. When they would misbehave in the classroom, Bailey-Cutkomp would allegedly force kids to wear that cone that vets use to prevent animals from licking themselves after surgery. They weren't just shamed. They were, quite literally, treated like animals. 

I'm all for disciplining teenagers who think they're all that and a bag of potato chips. But there's disciplining, and then there is making a kid feel like she's less of a human being. Do that to my kid, and as much as I'd hate to defend her poor behavior, I would be mad. Because there ARE better ways to discipline. More homework assignments. After-school detention. Forced to clean the science lab. Really, you can punish kids and still retain their humanity.

So what did kids learn here? Their peers learned it's OK to treat someone like a dog. Gee, and we wonder why kids bully one another? And the kids themselves learned that humiliation is considered "OK" in a place that's supposed to be safe. Nice way to make sure victims buy into the victim mentality.

I put my kid in a classroom to be taught, whether that means being educated on science or on morals and ethics. I'm OK with my kid being disciplined when she's screwing up. But even then, I expect her to be treated like a human being.

What would you do if your child was put in this situation?

by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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by Kimberly on May. 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I'm trying to figure out how she gets the collars on the sons, as teens, would have walked out of class!  No way would they have worn a E Collar...or any other collar, for that matter.

by on May. 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM
A few of my kids would have put it in and considered it a joke. A few of mine would have walked out of the classroom. As a parent i would be pissed, there are better ways then that!
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by on May. 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM
Id hang that teacher. How dare she treats those kids that way.
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by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I'd be pissed.  My kids know that I will always listen to the teacher's side because I know that there is usually 3 sides to every story - yours, mine and the truth somewhere in the middle but if a teacher did something like that, my kids know they're to walk out and go to the office to call me.  I don't believe in humiliating my child; there's no way I'm going to allow another adult to.

by on May. 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

 Imo, humiliation is NEVER a good discipline technique

by on May. 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

someone would lose their job then pack an ass whoopin'

by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I would have had a fit!!! There is a difference between discipline and humiliation. No one deserves to be humiliated.

by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM
That's abuse!! If any of us did that our kids would be taken away and CPS would be investigating. She needs to not only lose her job but lose her ability to teach ever again.

And my son would text me as he walked out of class.
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by on May. 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

 If it were my kids the teacher would be the one  in the dog house

by Member on May. 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Nothing amazes me anymore with our school systems.

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