A Maryland middle school teacher was placed on administrative leave after she allegedly punished students by making them walk around the school holding a piece of rope in one hand and books in the other.
Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement that they are “appalled and offended” by the Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School teacher’s choice. The school board noted that the teacher acted on her own with poor judgment.
“We have spoken to the parents and students and offered our apologies for this unfortunate incident,” the school board stated. “We apologize for this ever occurring.”
According to the school board, the teacher will remain on administrative leave until its investigation is concluded.
The unusual punishment occured just after the Maryland state school board enforced new regulations regarding punishment.
“Safe schools grow out of a positive school climate,” Charlene M. Dukes, state school board president, said. “Maryland is dedicated to maintaining safety while increasing student achievement."