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Teacher taped first-graders to desks, Rison parents say

There are 9 comments on the Arkansas Online story from Mar 11, 2009, titled Teacher taped first-graders to desks, Rison parents say. In it, Arkansas Online reports that:

Parents in this rural community between Pine Bluff and Fordyce are seething about a first-grade teacher who they say taped her students to their chairs so they would sit still.

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Sherrimp in Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, AR

#1 Mar 15, 2009
Teaching is a stressful and thankless job. There isn't enough money in the world to pay me to be cooped up in a small room with 25 children of any age.And as tempting as I am sure it must be, this isn't the way to control a classroom. It is dangerous as well as
humiliating to the child.No matter what the child was doing to disrupt her class, this most certainly NOT is an acceptable form of punishment. If a teacher is stressed to the point where she resorts to this, it is time to consider a career change. She doesn't belong in a classroom. I believe she would be more suited for jail, for what she did (in my opinion) is child abuse.
Just me

Half Way, MO

#2 Mar 17, 2009
She most certainly does NOT belong in a classroom! She should be charged for child abuse!! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
push over

United States

#3 Mar 19, 2009
Teachers cant do anything. If they look cross eyed at a student, people start blasting (child abuse)
Not saying this is right, not at all.
The Dude

Benton, KY

#4 Mar 20, 2009
Whatever. It's not child abuse. It didn't "humiliate" them as some exaggerists might put it. I think the teacher was exercising her right to make a point. Just like making first graders keep their index fingers in the air whilst walking down the hall. Put your selves inthe children's shoes. I know i would be laughing to death if she tried to put tape on me.

She should'nt charged with a crime, but for the better interest of the school's image(wallet) she shouldn't do this again.

Pine Bluff, AR

#5 Apr 27, 2009
two of these parents just like to run their mouths, the mistreat their kid worse than any else ever could

United States

#6 Apr 28, 2009
rysungal wrote:
two of these parents just like to run their mouths, the mistreat their kid worse than any else ever could
What about the parents of the other seven children she taped up?

The charges by the CITY of Rison are: false imprisonment in the 2nd degree and witness tampering. Both are class A misdemeanors.

Deputy Prosecutor Alan Humphries said that charges are being filed through the city and not county because the incidents occurred within the city of Rison...

I might also add that the school is technically Cleveland County School since the consolidation with Kingsland.

Also worth noting is that Mrs. Gatlin's contract was not extended, nor was Mr. Sims, the elementary principal.

There has been some questionable activity with the Gatlin family (Mr. and Mrs. Gatlin) and Mr. Brown (high school principal).

Instead of the school board (etc.) handling the issues, they have decided to handle the issues by expiring their contracts. Mr. Brown's contract has not been extended, either.

Mike Gatlin, husband of Laura Gatlin, has, however, finally had his teaching license revoked by the Arkansas Board of Education.

His trial for sexual abuse as a teacher in Coleman Elementary in Watson Chapel was scheduled to begin April 14th. He has apparently decided to plead innocent and force the children to testify, even though he has admitted having a problem with 9 and 10 year old girls.

Additionally, Mr. Sims is also under investigation for issues with some school funds not balancing just right.

So, rysongal, it would appear that the problem is much deeper than two parents of children that were taped up in Mrs. Gatlin's class that have big mouths. It appears to me that something is dreadfully wrong in Rison.
LittleRockPatien t

Cabot, AR

#7 Dec 14, 2012
Well, it's amazing the things you learn on google. Laura Gatlin is now a nurse at Baptist in Little Rock. Scary, will she restrain her patients if they don't do what she tells them. Personally I dont think she should be able to take care of sick people either. she prays on the week.
sheridan dad

United States

#8 Dec 15, 2012
Well i think there should be more teachers like her.I was raised back when you where acting up in class Ms. Anderson would hold your hand out and bend your fingers opposite of the way they were meant to bend and take a think ruler and give you licks in your hand. I didnt grow up to be a troubled kid.. It needs to be more of this happening today. You parents that say a woman should loose her job over tape!! Get real, your kidswill be the nxt ones to make national news.. timeout aint gonna discipline kids.. They should give the teacher a raise or take the disruptive kids outta class period and send them home for their parents to deal with..Good luck Teacher!!

United States

#9 Jan 23, 2013
your mean, I agree time out doesn't work most times, just go back to where they paddle your ass works for me, but the tape and ruler, no thanks!

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