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Harnett teacher accused of taping child's hands resigns

Posted April 12, 2011

Frank Gibson is unhappy about the punishment a teacher enforced on his son.
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— A Harnett County teacher accused of taping a 5-year-old boy's hands together has resigned, county school officials said Tuesday. 

The kindergarten teacher, whose name hasn't been released, had been placed on leave with pay after the alleged incident was reported March 30, officials said. 

A personnel investigation involving the teacher has been completed, Harnett County Schools spokeswoman Patricia Lewis said. Lewis would not comment on the outcome of that investigation. 

Frank Gibson said his son, a student at Boone Trail Elementary in Lillington, snatched a rubber stamp off his teacher's desk, placed it in his pocket and then back on the desk.

Gibson said the teacher then asked the kindergartner, “What happens when you steal?" His son answered, “You go to jail.”

That's when, Gibson said, the teacher wrapped tape around the boy's wrists like handcuffs.

"She didn't bind them behind his back, she bound him over his head," Gibson said. "Even if she was trying to make a joke, it's not funny." 

Another student who saw it happen told an art teacher.

While he is happy to hear about the teacher's resignation, Gibson said Tuesday he remains upset that it took six days before the principal called to tell him about the alleged incident. 

Lewis said it took almost a week to notify Gibson because the school system needed to be thorough and careful in their investigation.  

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  • christinacka Apr 14, 2011

    This child probably deserves what he got. My husband, best friend and mother are all teachers. The stories I hear from them, I have no idea how they make it through a school day. The kids think they are so entitled to anything because their parents think they are the most wonderful most perfect child ever. I am 26 and I would fully enforce bringing the paddle back into the school system. Then these kids and parents would have a little more respect for those around them. The kids that have parents called and the parent comes, takes them out to the car whoops them and sends them back to class are the kids that don't cause any more issues. The kids with parents that blame the teacher for what the kids do are the ones that say "What are you going to do call my parents? They are just going to say it was your fault" Are the brats that should have their hands tied.

    GET OVER IT MAN!!! YOUR KID IS PROBABLY A BRAT AND DESERVED IT!

  • MiXeddAloT Apr 14, 2011

    This man needs to grow up and stop taking up for his child. He's not always gonna be there, plus the man thinks he knows the WHOLE story, well he doesn't. I know the teacher there, shes like my god mother and she has 2 of her own children,She loves and adores. She would NEVER do that to any child whatsoever. You wouldn't beleive how them children treat her there,they need real disipline. And Boone trail staff need to GROW UP!! So does that whiney man

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 14, 2011

    This is why kids turn into whiney spoiled little brats...no proper discipline. That teacher didn't inflict any harm on him, she DISCIPLINED him and good for her! More kids need a stronger hand like that. Reminds me of parents who "don't believe in spanking" and let their children run around like monkeys to get on EVERYONE elses nerves because they choose to ignore their childs abnoxious behavior or even worse, think it's cute. It's disgusting how many children are brought up with no proper manners anymore...

  • barbstillkickin Apr 14, 2011

    I would never be a teacher and put up with what they do. I totally agree with some others when I was in school we got the ruler to the hand and if that did not work a trip to the principal and the most dreaded thing was the phone call home. School was a blast cause kids were all nice mostly and when they were not they PAID FOR IT AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME. Parents stop whining and let your teachers teach without fear. That child should have been taped then the child should have had some trouble at home. Mine would have NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Oh and by the way my children are very well adjusted and so are there kids cause they do the same thing as I did. Guess I raised them well after all and as a single parent when they became teenagers. God Help You Parents When Your Little Baby Becomes A Teen.

  • barbstillkickin Apr 14, 2011

    WELL A NOTE TO OUR CHILDREN. KICK YOUR TEACHER, ACCUSE THEM OF TOUCHING, ACCUSE THEM OF SLAPPING YOU OR WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE CAUSE THEY WILL BE FORCED TO RESIGN AND YOU WELL YOUR JUST A CHILD AND WE ALL KNOW CHILDREN NEVER EVER LIE. I AM SO GLAD MY CHILDREN ARE GROWN AND DOING VERY WELL FOR THEMSELVES. I NEVER HESITATED WHEN I PUNISHED THEM. I NEVER BEAT THEM BUT I SPANKED THEM AND WHEN A TEACHER WAS ACCUSED OF SOMETHING AT THE SCHOOLS BACK THEN IT WAS INVESTIGATED AND THE TEACHER WAS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. NOW DAYS THE CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS RIGHT. CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE OUR FUTURE COUNTRY WHEN THESE SPOILED LITTLE KIDS BECOME IN CHARGE. I HOPE I AM NOT AROUND THEN. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO HOME PUNISHMENT TO GET THESE KIDS ON THE RIGHT TRACK. THE CHILD ABUSERS ARE STILL ABUSING JUST NOT GETTING CAUGHT CAUSE THERE KIDS ARE TERRIFIED. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN SLAPPING A CHILD BUT TIME OUT PLEASE MY 32 YEAR OLD SON WOULD HAVE HAD A FIELD DAY WITH THAT. IT MAKES ME LAUGH.

  • superman Apr 14, 2011

    Have you ever had the opportunity to be a teacher? If so you will know and realize that the principal is not there to handle displine problems. If the teacher does not handle their own problems their contract will not be renewed because they cannot manage their students! If every teacher sent every student to the office for problems, there would be a line around the building of students waiting for the principal. They would have to send problem students to the gym or to the auditorium to hold all the little trouble makers. Especially since so many parents dont seem to have any control over their children.

  • lauren329 Apr 14, 2011

    demo7691-I agree completely.

    Things have really changed. If people don't discipline their children and refuse to allow them to be disciplined and behave in school, they should homeschool them. Can't afford to do that? Stop whining about everything and raise your kids to be well-mannered. End of story.

  • demo7691 Apr 14, 2011

    when I was in Elelmentary school and would have done that I got a ruler to my hand. Then if I would have come home and told my parents they would have whipped me also. Scotch tape on the childs hand for child taking something and getting caught and parents whine about it. Parents need to handle thier kids and stuff like this wont happen at school.

  • bracksdad Apr 14, 2011

    Next time have him arrested for stealing, but then the dad would say that's too harsh as well. People don't realize what teachers deal with every day. My wife is asecond grade teacher and you would be amazed at the stories I hear every day.

  • busymomtothree Apr 13, 2011

    @bowhunterjunkie
    Ummmmmmm....not sure what county you live in, but elementary schools DO NOT have resource officers, although there are plenty that need them.

    Unfortunatley harnett county has resource officers in their k-5 schools

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