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Teacher accused of high-heeled spanking

By Hsieh Wu-hsiung and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A teacher at Da Jhong Elementary School in Taoyuan’s Bade District (八德) allegedly pulled a male student’s trousers down in front of the class and hit him with her high-heeled shoe in a fit of rage, Taoyuan City Councilor Liu Mao-chun (劉茂群) said on Monday.

On March 31, the teacher gave the student a silent “time-out” punishment for misbehavior, but the child continued to talk with his friends, and the teacher then lost her temper, according to Liu and the parent of another unnamed student in the class.

After hitting the student, the teacher ordered the rest of the class not to tell their parents about the incident and said it would be “a class secret,” Liu said.

However, several children did tell their parents what had happened, and some parents privately told the teacher that her behavior was inappropriate and should not be repeated, the unnamed parent accompanying Liu said.

When the students returned to class after the long Tomb Sweeping Day holiday weekend, the teacher allegedly ordered the children who had told their parents about the incident to take standing time-outs, adding that they were being punished for “betraying the class’ secret,” the parent said.

The teacher has reportedly had tantrums in the classroom several times — hurling students’ backpacks and books and had punished students by ordering them to take time-outs in the school bathrooms, the parent said.

“Is she teaching children to conceal the truth from their parents? This is giving them a bad education and I thinks this is unacceptable,” the parent said.

However, Da Jhong Elementary principal Cheng Tien-shou (鄭添壽) dismissed the allegations, saying no concerns about the teacher had been brought to him by parents, and that he found the allegations unlikely because the teacher in question “usually wears basketball shoes.”

The school had previously responded to a separate allegation against another teacher for kicking the chair of a student and conducted an investigation at that time, Cheng said.

Taoyuan Department of Education Director-General Kao An-pang (高安邦) said that the Educational Fundamental Act (教育基本法) strictly prohibits the use of corporal punishment by educators, and that if the department’s investigation validated the allegations, the teachers’ evaluation and assessment committee may terminate her employment.

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