N.B. school under fire over claims students were tied with tape
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 6:44PM AST
A school district in New Brunswick is under fire after two female students were allegedly taped together by a teacher to resolve a verbal conflict.
Carrie Ingram admits her 13-year-old daughter wasn’t getting along with a fellow classmate this week, but says the girl’s punishment was heavy-handed.
“She was bound by her wrist to another child. That is unacceptable,” says Ingram. “I don’t care who you are, you do not lay your hands on my daughter.”
CTV News spoke to Jeffrey Comeau, whose 12-year-old daughter was the second student involved in the alleged incident at Moncton’s Lewisville Middle School.
He is also angry about how his daughter was treated and even posted a photo to Facebook after she came home with marks on her arm.
CTV News has tried to contact the Anglophone District School Board, but getting answers is proving challenging.
The school board said no one was available for comment Thursday or Friday and the school’s principal has not returned calls.
The school board did say in an email that it would not be able to comment on specifics in the case because it is a personnel matter and that it is policy to assign a teacher to home until the process is complete.
The head of the New Brunswick Teachers Association is cautioning people to wait until an investigation into the incident has been completed.
“I think it does harm the process because it’s not balanced,” says Heather Smith.
“We need to make sure that all information on both sides of an issue are brought to the forefront, and it can’t be because it is confidential.”
Child psychologist Charles Emmrys is not involved in the case, but says authority figures, such as teachers, need to come up with creative conflict resolution practices.
“That being said, how you do it, you should try and do it in ethical ways that doesn’t cause bodily harm,” says Emmrys. “But clearly, an investment on the part of an adult in getting two kids to get along is a good one.”
Ingram says her daughter will be staying home from school until she gets some answers.
“I will have no choice but to do what I have to do to protect the safety of my daughter,” she says. “If that means home-schooling my daughter, that is exactly what I will do. I will not put her into another school.”
Ingram says the school told her she should receive some answers early next week.
With files from CTV Atlantic's David Bell