North Thurston Public Schools officials have completed their investigation and determined that a teacher who placed masking tape across a 7-year-old's lap Tuesday as a lesson to sit during class showed "a lack of judgment as part of an attempt to manage classroom behavior," district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said.
“There was no intent to harm the child,” she wrote in a news release. “It is, however, an action we do not condone and after meeting with the teacher, the district will determine further corrective action. We are working with the family of the student toward resolution and understanding that is in the best interest of the child and his education.”
The district also hopes to use the incident as a lesson for better parent-teacher communication and constructive options to handle discipline issues, Schrieve said.
Parent Jennifer Foux said her son was embarrassed, emotionally shaken and put in danger when a Pleasant Glade Elementary School teacher taped him to his seat for about 45 minutes. Foux could not be reached for comment.