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10 School Punishments That Went Too Far

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Anyone who has ever had detention in school knows how it feels to get in trouble and have to suffer the consequences. Much like when we break rules with our parents, when we break rules at school we are given certain punishments so that we learn not to do it again.

Most punishments include detention, perhaps a trip to the principal’s office, or even writing lines on the chalkboard, but some teachers are so cruel that they offer their own unique form of punishment in the hopes of teaching their student a lesson.

Here are 10 school punishments that went way too far.

1. A pre-Kindergarten teacher from Houston, Texas, teamed up with her teacher’s assistant and created a punishment for misbehaving students called the Monster Closet. 

The teachers punished kids by putting them in the janitor’s closet, forcing it shut and not allowing the children to get out. They also told whoever was in the closet at the time that monsters would eat them. Needless to say, both the teacher and the teacher’s assistant were later fired for the heinous punishment.

2. When 9-year-old autistic child Christopher Baker was misbehaving at school, he was forced into a duffel bag with the zipper and string tied shut.

When his mother came to pick him up from school that day, she heard his voice coming from the bag while a teacher’s aid stood and watched. Later, Christopher’s mother filed a complaint to the district and an investigation was completed.

3. When a principal caught two students fighting outside, they were forced to sit in the middle of the schoolyard holding hands. The boys were teased and mocked by other students.

Later, parents of the students at the school complained and said that what the principal did encouraged bullying and was very inappropriate.

4. The mother of a six-year-old boy noticed that he was badly bruised on his bottom one day when he returned home from school.

After looking into it, she found out that his teacher paddled him whenever he was misbehaving in class, and that each paddling session increased in strength and time.

5. When a student spilled a water jug in the middle of the school cafeteria, vice Principal Teresa Brown forced 15 sixth grade students to eat their lunch off of the floor for 10 days.

Some of the students who had been forced to eat off the floor had not even been responsible for spilling the jug. Seven parents sued the school and were awarded a $500,000 settlement.

6. In 2009, a 7 year old was called up in front of her class for continuously playing with her hair. The teacher was so upset that she cut off one of the girl’s braids in front of the whole class. 

The little girl’s mother confronted the teacher, and the child was switched to another class. The teacher was later suspended without pay.

7. This punishment is one that definitely went a little too far, and was not necessary at all. A 5 year old boy was forced to leave school early and was even brought home by the police for not wearing black shoes.

Apparently, the boy’s family could not afford to buy him black shoes, so they colored his red shoes black. The ink began to come off, and he was forced to go home.

8. A 13-year-old student was strip searched at her school in 2003 when another student accused her of carrying prescription-strength ibuprofen.

After her backpack was searched, she was then told to go to the nurse’s office, where she was forced to remove her bra and even had  her underwear checked.

9. When Summer Larsen’s 4th grade students failed one of their reading goals, she gave them two punishments to choose from. One of the punishments was not being able to attend recess, and the other punishment was to allow other students to write all over their faces.

Some students chose the latter option, and had their faces colored in with markers by other students.

10. In 2012, 11th grade honor student Diana Trad was working 2 jobs while trying to maintain her school schedule. When she missed 11 days of school in six months, she was jailed for 24 hours and was also charged with a misdemeanor.

Texas State law only allows a student to have 10 unexplained absences within that kind of time period, and because she had missed 11 days she had technically broken the law. The charges were later dropped by a judge.

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