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GoErie.com: Ex-child-care worker accused of duct-taping kids

There are 17 comments on the GoErie.com story from Nov 21, 2007, titled GoErie.com: Ex-child-care worker accused of duct-taping kids. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Erie police today arrested a former worker at a child-care center on charges that he used duct tape to stick two 3-year-old children to a wall on Nov.

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Tony Soprano

Youngstown, OH

#2 Nov 21, 2007
Looks like it time to call Terry Sherlock.
hkp

Edinboro, PA

#3 Nov 21, 2007
Seems like a lot of the recent stories coming out of Erie County should be broadcast to the major media. Where is Mr. Sherlock when we need him? These stories are not going to go away, Mr. Foulk.
Emily

Erie, PA

#4 Nov 21, 2007
NO!NO!NO!NO! Keep his butt in jail! I don't care if it was duct taping them or not. People wonder why I never let my girls go to day cares. They are only watched by there grandparents or there dad!
Penny

Erie, PA

#6 Nov 21, 2007
Smedley, who peed in your coffee? I can't believe how nasty northern people are? You lack social graces and civility. Emily, I think you are absolutely right. You must be very careful when leaving your children with anyone you don't know.
Get a Job

Fairfax, VA

#7 Nov 21, 2007
Smedley wrote:
It's spelled "their" not "there". Maybe you should go back to school instead of breeding uneducated whelps.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
toppsy cretts

Meadville, PA

#8 Nov 21, 2007
their goes are tax dollars a good teacher trying to show an experiment to children gets arrested?
Angie Myers

Elyria, OH

#10 Nov 25, 2007

Ok, ok…yes, it sounds horrible doesn’t it? Of course I’m speaking about ANY sentence with the words “duct tape” and “daycare worker” in it. But let me tell you, this whole thing has been blown WAY out of proportion. My name is Angie and I have 2 small children enrolled at Little Wonders Child Care. Up until April of last year, I HATED the word “daycare”, let alone the the thought of putting my kids in one. I searched at least 10 facilities until I stumbled upon the quaint little white building tucked in a tiny nook by frontier park. There I found a caring and gentle staff, a clean and bright environment, and one amazing teacher whom my three year old son called, Mr. Keith. As soon as I entered his classroom for the first time it was clear that he was no “babysitter”. His class was decorated with arts and crafts, with letters, numbers, shapes…and he was right there with a book, in front of about ten kids, reading with such care in his eyes…the kind of look that you see in a father’s eyes. Keith is a one of a kind teacher. Over the course of the following 8 months, he slowly brought my son out of his shell and single-handedly renewed my faith in daycares. He truly loved what he did and really cares for those kids. My kids’ dad and I once saw Keith out with some of his friends and he came right over to talk with us about our son. He raved about how excited he was at his progress,…progress that we were already aware of. He went on to talk about the other kids and how fulfilling it is for him to see the look in a child’s eyes when something that he’s been teaching them finally “clicks”. It was refreshing to see that kind of excitement in a teacher. It is so apparent that he loves those children. Keith would NEVER do anything to harm the kids, or anyone else for that matter. It saddens me that his career in childcare is now rocked to its core because of poor judgement. He was always looking for innovative ways to teach. Taping children to the walls was something that was meant to get the kids to remember a lesson in the strength of tape- that's ALL. I get it. Doesn’t anyone else GET it? He had NO other motive than to get the kids to learn something. As I stated earlier, he would NEVER in a million years do anything to harm the kids. Even after all that’s happened, I would definitely trust Keith with BOTH my children, and in fact was looking forward to when my 2 year old turned 3 and joined his class. It’s just a shame that the parents of the two 3 year olds are so quick to pin him to the wall over this. I can’t help but wonder what other motive they have to tear him to shreds. Anyone who has talked with him for even ten minutes, ANYONE who has had a child in his care knows what a great guy he is. I can understand why the parents are upset….but I think that in today’s society we are motivated more by the thought of a potential “pay-off” than what is really the right decision. Having Keith arrested, let alone fired, was a grave injustice. I wish him all the luck in the world…sad that so many kids (including mine) will never have the opportunity of learning from him. Hang in there, Keith…we are just 2 of so many Little Wonders parents who are behind you. By the way…my son now LOVES taping things around the house. Thank you for broadening his horizon yet again.
Angie Myers

Elyria, OH

#11 Nov 25, 2007
To that stay-at-home mom from Erie ("Emily"), I can certainly relate to you. I too stayed at home with my kids for the first two years of their lives, but due to unforseen circumstances I had no other choice but to find alternate care for my kids, ages 2 and 3. As I stated above, Keith Holbrook as well as the other staff members at Little Wonders, helped me see that daycare wasn't as horrible as I once thought. Everyone is so quick to judge Keith, but there are only a handful of parents who really kney him and trusted him with their kids. I wish these other supporters of Keith would speak up and defend him. I am not afraid to use my name, and I would definitely testify as a character witness (as would so many other parents)if and when it comes to that.
Francine Fleet

United States

#12 Nov 26, 2007
No one but the parents of the children in Keiths class can truly understand this situation. We the parents of Keiths class know what a wonderful teacher he is. We know it sounds bad, but it really wasn't. Let me try to explain....

My son attends Little Wonders Daycare, and I too am sickened by the fact that Keith was arrested. I went through 2 prior daycares unable to find one that made my son happy. He cried everytime I had to leave. Within the first 2 days at Little Wonders, my son no longer cried when I had to drop him off. Do you know what it feels like to drop off your child when he doesn't want you to leave? Well, Keith made my days so much easier. My son wanted to be there when Keith was there. I have never seen a teacher so excited about his career. He taught my son so much at age 3, he knows his states, his months, his letters, numbers, and can almost read, and so much more... he made daycare fun for all of them. Ask any other parent. So, he got overly excited while teaching a lesson, so he gets put in jail???? I mean, it's bad enough that his career could be ruined, something he was so good at, isn't that enough? I wish he could go back and still teach my child! It was an experiment, no child was hurt, not physically or emotionally. My 3 year old told me about it himself the day it happened and he said it was funny. Why do we people insist on crusifying a teacher who teaches?
Again, I'm just deeply sickened by this whole thing, and I sincerely hope that the parent of the child who is pressing charges reads this and will reconsider... think of what all of us have lost over your overreacting.
EducatedOne

Matthews, NC

#13 Nov 26, 2007
Emily wrote:
NO!NO!NO!NO! Keep his butt in jail! I don't care if it was duct taping them or not. People wonder why I never let my girls go to day cares. They are only watched by there grandparents or there dad!
First Emily, GET AN EDUCATION..."there" if possesive is "THEIR" and "day cares " is not a plural noun. Secondly, obviously you people have got way too much time on your hands. He didn't hurt anyone emotionally or physically and surely he is not a racist. He chose kids from different races... and furthermore, why didn't those kids getting taped run, kick , scream and fight? Obviously those kids wanted to be taped to the wall. This teacher obviously did not do this out of spite.....you parents have probably done worse things to your kids yourselves!!!
Shanee

Erie, PA

#14 Nov 27, 2007
I have too tell you that I am all to familiar with Little Wonders Child Care. When they had first opened over a year or so ago, I had enrolled my son there because it was close to my work and less expensive then his present daycare. Also, he was there before when the facility was previously owned by a different daycare, which I loved! My son was there no longer than a week before I removed him and put him back to New Adventures. Which was more costly but extremely worth it in comparison to that hole! The workers at Little Wonders were lazy, the facility was unorganized, unkept and dirty to say the least. It was newly opened when I first enrolled my son, so I was trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. I went to check out their other facility on 12th St. and I about fell over. It was a good 10 minutes after I walked right in the front door before anyone acknowledged my presence. Thank God I was no crazy baby snatcher! All I have to say is that I would not leave my dog at that place for a day. I think we as parents have to go with our guts about the places and people we leave our children with. My gut told me to get my son out of there as fast as I could and that's exactly what I did. I couldn't have been more right about that place.

Sincerely,
Shanee
Amy

Erie, PA

#15 Nov 28, 2007
Shanee wrote:
I have too tell you that I am all to familiar with Little Wonders Child Care. When they had first opened over a year or so ago, I had enrolled my son there because it was close to my work and less expensive then his present daycare. Also, he was there before when the facility was previously owned by a different daycare, which I loved! My son was there no longer than a week before I removed him and put him back to New Adventures. Which was more costly but extremely worth it in comparison to that hole! The workers at Little Wonders were lazy, the facility was unorganized, unkept and dirty to say the least. It was newly opened when I first enrolled my son, so I was trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. I went to check out their other facility on 12th St. and I about fell over. It was a good 10 minutes after I walked right in the front door before anyone acknowledged my presence. Thank God I was no crazy baby snatcher! All I have to say is that I would not leave my dog at that place for a day. I think we as parents have to go with our guts about the places and people we leave our children with. My gut told me to get my son out of there as fast as I could and that's exactly what I did. I couldn't have been more right about that place.
Sincerely,
Shanee
I am very sorry you had such a horrible experience with us. We are much loved by many families. If you had given us a chance, you would have seen that we are very loving and caring. The incident that occurred should not give us a bad name as a center. It was isolated and taken care of in the best way possible. You should take a look at some other centers and see the complaints that they have and reasons why they should be shut done. I hear "horror" stories all the time about other centers. It may not all be true, but it is worth looking into if your planning on sending your child there. Some of the horror stories come from parents and some from previous staff. Things may have been hectic at the time you enrolled your child here, but we were new and I was doing the best I could at the time. Alot has changed in a short period of time and we have had waiting lists here since summer. I hope your experience at your center continues to go well and you don't ever have to experience the horrible feelings we have had to go through recently.
Missy

Meadville, PA

#16 Nov 28, 2007
I know Keith from high school, and he was never the "bullying" type. He was kind and sincere and I agree with the posts that say this was taken too far. I could never see him taping kids to the wall as a form of discipline, ridicule, or embarrassment. He is a good person who needs people to understand that is was bad judgment on his part, and that's all it was.
Shut the Doors

Bellflower, CA

#17 Nov 28, 2007
"a lesson in the strength of tape--that's all"
Haha.
Good one.
Very creative curriculum.
mom

Edinboro, PA

#19 Dec 6, 2007
I don't care what he was "teaching"....you don't tape kids to a wall. I can't believe anyone would suggest this was misunderstood or blown out of proportion. HE TAPED CHILDREN TO A WALL!!!! Unbelievable.
1234pop

East Aurora, NY

#21 Jan 26, 2009
Is this the same Keith Holbrook from Meadville, Pa? Volleyball player? Went to Slippery Rock Unv for a while, then Edinboro?
Jenny

Omaha, NE

#22 Mar 13, 2009
I have had the privilege of meeting Keith in the past few months and I was horrified when I heard how he was made an example of back in PA. Prior to hearing of his past, I saw him interact with my 18-month-old nephew, who adores him, and my 2-year-old son who instantly warmed up to him. Not only does he have an amazing connection with children, which is gift in itself, he was very respectful to shake my hand when we met and have a light-hearted, cordial conversation. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him better and I am disgusted that he is thrown into the same search results as child abusers and others who have used duct tape for other means. It saddens me that there are people out there who will use a learning experience their children had against a genuine, caring soul, despite how unconventional the lesson is. Nobody should be torn down in this manner for trying new learning methods and thinking and teaching outside the box. Maybe a "permission slip" to the parents about their experiment would've saved his reputation, but then again, how many teachers at public facilities have their lesson plans approved by the parents? Keith is an innovative, compassionate, person and I am mortified beyond belief those two sets of parents can continue to sleep restlessly at night after causing someone so much pain and anguish when their own children said several times to him that they wanted to be the ones in the experiment. All my hopes and prayers go to Keith. May he flourish and prosper where adults can rationalize about matters and seek the truth instead of acting out of ignorance.

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