Teacher reprimanded for tying student to chair

Primary school classroom (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Douglas P Perkins)Primary school classroom (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Douglas P Perkins)

A teacher at the Koninging Emma school in Schoonhoven is accused of tying a pupil to a chair on Monday in an effort to get him under control. The boy is in group 3/4. Parents, teachers and the school board are shocked by the incident.

According to newspaper AD, the teacher tied the boy to a chair after a search through the school to find a suitable rope. This happened while his classmates were watching. The teacher felt it was the only way to get the pupil under control.

"She had given the boy several warnings for not listening, walking through the classroom. In an overwrought reaction, she tied him up." Miriam van der Smissen of the umbrella foundation Onderwijs Primair, Primary Education in English, said to the newspaper. "There is no excuse for that." Rob Zilverberg, the school's director, agrees. "We can not tolerate this."

The teacher, who has been teaching at the school for 16 years without incident, has been sick at home since the incident. She was reprimanded and a note was added to her file. She will also have to pay a visit to the occupational doctor. "We await the outcome of that conversation", Zilverberg said to the newspaper. It is expected that the 40 year old woman will return tot he school after the autumn holidays.