A southeastern Michigan school district has placed a high school band teacher on paid leave as officials investigate a report that a student’s ankles were duct-taped to a chair to help with the girl’s posture.
Jefferson Schools Superintendent Craig Haugen said he received a complaint this week against the teacher for “reported corrective measures in the classroom,” the Monroe News reported Saturday.
The teacher’s name was not released, but Haugen said in a statement that he has been told not to have contact with students or come onto school district property.
“The safety and well-being of all of our students at Jefferson Schools is our top priority and we will do all we can to ensure that a safe, supportive learning environment is maintained at all times for all students,” Haugen said.
Jefferson High School is in Monroe, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.
Several students are petitioning the school to allow the teacher to return for the band’s trip in early April to Florida.
The teacher stresses to students that their feet must be flat on the floor and they must sit straight to properly play their instruments, band booster Debbie Barron told the newspaper. Barron has a daughter in the band class.
“If it was my daughter, I’d be upset, of course,” Barron said. “You just can’t do that kind of stuff to kids anymore. But I don’t think he should lose his job.”
Barron said band students are planning to leave April 9 for Florida and are planning to perform at Disney World.
“The kids have worked very hard for this trip all year. The kids have earned this,” she said.