Teacher in trouble for taping pupils’ mouths shut

2013-11-01 00:00

A VETERAN pre-primary teacher in Valhalla, Centurion, will receive a disciplinary hearing on Monday after she had allegedly stuck duct tape over the mouths of several troublesome four-year-olds.

A parent who inspected the school last Monday saw four children whose mouths had been taped shut with duct tape.

“I went to the school on Monday to register my two daughters,” said Alicia Vogel, a resident of Centurion. “The receptionist took us to the class, where a child was sitting outside in the cold and rain with duct tape over her mouth. His face was wet with tears.”

When Vogel entered the class she saw three other children with their mouths taped shut.

The owner of the pre-primary school, Lampies van Sitterd, said the teacher, who had been teaching for more than 20 years at the school, admitted that she used the tape as a disciplinary measure. He explained she thought at that stage it was the best way to show the noisy group she meant business. “We are bound by labour laws and cannot dismiss her before she has a disciplinary hearing,” said Van Sitterd.

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