Haysville Teacher Tapes Boy To Chair

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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The Haysville School District said the second grade teacher taped one of her students to his chair after he refused to sit down. She later told an administrator what she had done. While that teacher has been disciplined, the boy's parents said they're still looking for answers.

"I was upset," said Jennifer Donley, the boy's mother. "I was enraged."

It was a phone call Jennifer Donnelley said she never could have expected.

"I don't see how you could even come to that. I don't know how," said Donnelley.

That call was from her son's father telling her their second grade boy had been taped to a chair by a teacher.

"She taped around his bottom because he wouldn't sit down," said Donnelley.

"We had a teacher in one of our elementary schools that inappropriately disciplined a student by taping him to a chair," explains Sandy Bradshaw, with USD 261.

Donnelley said she was told when her son wouldn't stay seated. The teacher used electrical tape to keep him in the chair. She said another teacher, parent and other students were present. Soon after, the teacher told an administrator what she'd done.

"The principal told me the teacher had come to her later in the afternoon and was distraught and upset with herself," said Donnelley.

"The teacher self reported, recognized it as something she was sorry happened," said Bradshaw.

The district says it deeply regrets and apologizes for the incident and has taken disciplinary action against the teacher. It's something the district and Donnelley said disappoints them.

"Haysville has been wonderful. We've been there for two years and I've enjoyed their school, the teachers. The staff is awesome," said Donnelley.

"We have wonderful caring teachers. I believe this teacher was also caring but made a really bad decision today," said Bradshaw.

While Donnelley said her son should have obeyed, she said the action the teacher took is a mistake she wants district officials to take seriously.

"You have to be mindful of what you're doing, especially with other's kids in your care," said Donnelley.

Donnelley said she hasn't decided whether or not to keep her son in the class. She did report the incident to Haysville police. The district would not release the name of the teacher or the exact action taken against her.

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