Archive for Friday, April 6, 2007

Substitute admits using clothespins to quiet kids

April 6, 2007


— A substitute teacher's tool for silencing chatty kindergartners - clothespins - doesn't wash with school officials.

Four boys said spring-type clothespins were placed over their upper or lower lips for talking too much in class, Amanda-Clearcreek Primary School Principal Mike Johnsen wrote in a letter to parents this week.

Ruth Ann Stoneburner confirmed to Johnsen that she had used the clothespin discipline March 26, he said.

Stoneburner will not work again in the Amanda-Clearcreek district and was being reported to the state education department, Superintendent J.B. Dick said Wednesday.


Ragingbear 11 years, 1 month ago

Teachers are required to go to college for at least 4 years. Substitutes only go for 2. Most have no idea how to deal with children. A vast majority of cases where a teacher harms a student, especially over something trivial is from substitute teachers.

Perhaps if we were to raise the standards. Perhaps some sort of testing of the mind for both mental stability and ability to teach.

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