Dad claims teacher tied daughter up with tape at N.B. school
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:22PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:44PM AST
The parent of a 12-year-old student is claiming his daughter was inappropriately punished for an incident at a New Brunswick middle school.
Jeffrey Comeau says his daughter was taped to another student at Moncton’s Lewisville Middle School as a way to make them get along.
When the Grade 8 student came home with marks on her arm, Comeau took a picture and reported the incident to the school board and to police.
“She went to bed and could hardly sleep,” says Comeau of his daughter after the incident.
Comeau says the girls told the teacher the hockey tape used to bind them together was too tight. His daughter also told him the tape was cut off only after the other girl began to cry.
No one from the Anglophone District School Board was available for an interview, but the board responded to CTV, saying:
“All concerns or complaints brought to our attention are taken seriously and we have policies in place that we follow when looking into them.”
George Crossman is a member of the District Education Council. He says teachers must follow strict guidelines when it comes to disciplining a student and feels confident a full investigation will be done.
“It needs to be done by the book. It needs to be done with that student’s wellbeing in mind from the start.”
Comeau met with the schools’ principal and vice-principal Thursday morning. He says he was given an incident report to fill out, outlining his daughter’s side of the story.
“When I was younger, I didn’t want to go to school because of that. Now it’s happening to my daughter.”
Comeau also reported the incident to the RCMP, who confirmed officers have received the complaint.
They won’t comment on the case until they decide if charges are warranted.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis