Kirkland teacher accused of taping student to a chair

classroomA teacher is now on paid leave, accused of taping a student to a chair, during class.

This happened at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Apparently students also got in the act.

A recent incident involving a teacher and tape has been the topic of conversation in the halls.

According to students, a freshman kept getting out of his chair during biology class and the teacher told him to stop.

“He was just kind of messing around and the teacher made a joke, “I’m gonna tape you to your seat,” said one student.

The biology teacher apparently followed through with that threat taping the kid to his chair. Initial reports claim the teacher used duct tape on the teen but students say she used scotch tape on the young man.

Then other students joined in, taping the teen even more and taking pictures with their cell phones.

“My friend said there wasn’t anything really overly dramatic. It was a joke,” said student Sheridan.

The Lake Washington school district isn’t joking around.

In a statement sent to Q13 Fox, the district admits the incident happened and is investigating the actions of the teacher and classmates.

The district has a strict policy regarding harassment and bullying and pending the investigation, the teacher could be fired. This isn’t the first alleged bullying case involving a teacher.

Last year a Gig Harbor teacher was suspended for holding a child down on the ground during class. On Friday some Lake Washington students were defending their teacher.

“I don’t think she did it seriously, it seemed like that would be a little unprofessional,” said student Reaven Johnson. “I like her, I wanted her to be my biology teacher next year.

But Kirkland parents we spoke with say the teacher crossed a big line.

“In this day and age you would think the teachers would know better and if you don’t know better, maybe they shouldn’t be in a position where they’re in charge of kids,” parent John Hay.

 A close friend of the student who was taped up says the whole incident is unfortunate.

“I feel kind of bad for the teacher that it got blown out of proportion. I think it was mainly some of the interviews in the class. Some of the kids got riled up about it. Of course the district has to do its job investigating or whatever,” said Ethan.

The teacher isn’t the only one facing discipline. Some students are also facing some form of action as well.

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4 comments

  • priscilla

    This was bullying and humiliation, and there are more effective and compassionate ways to handle behavior problems. A teacher is not only a teacher, but a model to the students. They all get a failing grade.

    • Bill

      The teacher was "kind and gentle and loving etc" THAT DIDN'T WORK, did it? This is not bullying it IS CALLED DISCIPLINE, ever heard of it?

  • Lori

    Way to go Bill that is why our schools are in such bad shape because no discipline is allowed and the kids know they can get away with whatever they want and no punishment!!!! Teacher probably knew that she was the only way to control the kid. Sending him to the office for what a little speech on how to behave. When I was in school I behaved because I didn't want to get into trouble and I did my schoolwork because I wanted to move up to the next grade. Not these days. And teachers don't take the time to help the kids that need help. Because they have to do the disciplining someone has to!!!