Students taped together at N.B. school, dad claims
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 9:31AM EST
A parent has lodged a complaint with police and the school board after claiming his daughter was bound to another student with hockey tape by a teacher at a Moncton, N.B.. school.
The two Grade 8 students were taped together at Lewisville Middle School on Wednesday. One of the girl’s fathers, Jeffrey Comeau, told CTV News on Thursday that it was an act of discipline to force the girls to get along better.
His 12-year-old daughter was distraught after the incident, he said.
“She went to bed and could hardly sleep,” Comeau said.
Comeau’s daughter and the other girl told the teacher the tape was too tight, he said. The hockey tape was only cut off when the other girl began to cry, he said.
Comeau took pictures of the red marks on his daughter’s arm after she got home from school.
He was given an incident report to fill out when he met with the school principal and vice principal on Thursday.
The Anglophone East District School Board was unavailable for an interview but issued a statement to CTV.
“All concerns or complaints brought to our attention are taken seriously and we have policies in place that we follow when looking into them," the board said.
Teachers must must follow strict guidelines when it comes to disciplining a student, said George Crossman, a member of the district education council.
He was confident a full investigation will be conducted.
“It needs to be done by the book, it needs to be done with that students well being in mind from the start,” Crossman said.
The RCMP have received the complaint but haven’t decided whether to lay charges, a spokesman said
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis